Calleary calls on Minister to rule out suggestion of fewer Emergency Departments

Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary has called on the Minister for Health to rule out the suggestion by Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Paul Reid that there be fewer Emergency Departments (EDs).

Deputy Calleary said the comments made by Mr Reid, at a time when EDs across the country are experiencing severe overcrowding, are ill-judged and he asked the Minister for Health to give a guarantee that there are no plans to reduce the number of EDs.

Deputy Calleary said: „I fail to see how shutting ED’s will alleviate the shocking overcrowding especially in the worst affected hospitals, such as Limerick, Galway, Cork, Waterford and Letterkenny.

„Making access more remote is not a route we should go down. The need for more beds and staff is clear and it needs to be as close to the people as possible.

„There will be great concern amongst many communities, especially in rural Ireland, if the future of a local Emergency Departments were to be put in jeopardy.

„To assuage such worries, the Minister for Health and the Government must dissociate themselves from this suggestion. For our part, Fianna Fáil will not be supporting any such proposal,” concluded Deputy Calleary.

Fianna Fáil

Dara Calleary TD

Deputy Leader

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