Protests at HSE over Cherryorchard Hospital Respite Care Cutbacks

 

Families and supporters of respite patients in Cherryorchard Hospital staged a protest outside the HSE headquarters at Dr. Stevens Hospital on Thursday 9th July .

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Hundreds protest to keep respite ward open in Cherryorchard Hospital. The hospital wants to close a ward of 16 beds from now until October because they claim they can't find the staff to cover annual and maternity leave. Hundreds of people, carers and their families with the support of People Before Profit took part in a protest on Friday 3rd July.
Cherryorchard hospital cannot find qualified nurses to cover staff leave even when 416,000 are on live register.
Carers and their loved ones who receive roll-over respite care in Cherryorchard Hospital have been informed by the HSE that the newly refurbished Beech Unit at Cherryorchard Hospital is to close indefinitely. The management at the hospital have said that the closure of the Beech Unit is due to staff shortages for the Summer months. However, management at Cherryorchard Hospital could not give any guarantees as to when it will reopen.

The carers and their families with the support of People Before Profit held a protest on Friday 3rd July last at 4pm.

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People Before Profit will be launching a vigorous campaign for a NO Vote
 
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PBPA Councillor Richard Boyd Barrett said “The people should not be fooled. This is exactly the same treaty that was rejected last year. Nothing has changed. This Treaty will lead to the privatisation of public services and increased militarisation of the EU. Enshrined in this Treaty are the failed neo-liberal policies which have caused the recent economic crisis. This is a Treaty for big business.

The so-called guarantees will not enhance workers rights. The pro-business decisions of the European Court will not be reversed. The demands of the Europeans Trade Union Confederation for a social progress clause have been ignored.”

Cllr Brid Smith Condems Closure of Respite Care unit at Cherryorchard...

Cllr Brid Smith Condems Closure of Respite Care unit at Cherryorchard Hospital

Public Meeting Will Launch Campaign To Save Respite Service

Carers and their loved ones who receive roll-over respite care in Cherryorchard Hospital have been informed by the HSE that the newly refurbished Beech Unit at Cherryorchard Hospital is to close indefintely.

The management at the hospital have told Councillor Brid Smith that the closure of the Beech is due to staff shortages for the Summer months. However, they could not give any guarantees as to when it will reopen.
Nurses who are taking annual leave and maternity leave are not being replaced. The HSE embargo on recruitment is once again seriously hurting patients receiving respite care and their families.

Last year the carers campaigned strongly with Brid Smith to stop the permanent closure of respite care services in Cherryorchard Hospital. They collected thousands of signatures, lobblied politicans and held two very large demonstrations through Ballyfermot up to the Hospital. The respite care services were sucessfully re-instated at that time. Following that campaign the Beech unit at the hospital was renovated and extended. This new and beautiful facility will now lie empty due to cuts.

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