Louth County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has reacted angrily to news that the X Ray service at Louth Countyh Hospital is to be cut at weekends.
“The HSE has informed me that they will be cutting X Ray cover at Louth County Hospital by 16 hours every weekend. The say that from now on the 9am - 9 pm service is to be cut to 2pm - 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays
.“This is bad news for our hospital. It indicates that the Dept of Health is willing to cut back on the services available to the public. The HSE admits that no money will be saved with tis latest move.
“It is clear to all ow that the Department of Health is happy to force the public into using the MIU in Dundalk less and less. I have challenged the HSE to declare if they have carried out a Risk Assessment of the new cut in services and if staff and the public have been consulted. I know for fact that the public have not been consulted.
“Lets not forget that in recent weeks clinics have been cancelled in Louth County Hospital due to staff rostering issues. The HSE has decided to discontinue antenatal clinics for expectant mothers at Louth County Hospital. The HSE has failed to repair a boiler in the hospital’s laundry causing staff and laundry to be moved to Drogheda. The hospital’s lab was closed 2 years ago. These are all cuts and service closures that are slowly eroding the hospitals status. There are Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators who used to commit themselves to the future of the hospital but have since run away from their promises.
“I will be meeting the Group General Manager soon to relay the anger of the public in relation to all of these cuts.