People Before Profit Calls For Support for Hospital Protests
Ward closures must be reversed
The 14 People Before Profit candidates in the local elections called on the public to show their anger at health cuts by supporting hospital protests next Saturday (May 23) at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin and at Loughlinstown Hospital.
The protests are in response to cuts at both hospitals.
Last week the Save our Crumlin Children’s Hospital Campaign revealed that the due to a forecasted deficit of €9.6 million, three wards will shut down this year, starting with St Joseph ’s. Two more will close in July and August. St Josephs is due to close today following the closure of an operating theatre on Monday.
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Protest at Crumlin Children’s Hospital
Saturday May 23rd at 12pm
HSE hospital network manager John Bulfin stated in a letter to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in January: “Savings should be targeted to ensure frontline patient care services are appropriately maintained.”
This is what he means by maintaining appropriate patient care services.
· Because of a forecasted deficit of €9.6 million, three wards will shut down this year, starting with St Joseph ’s due to close on May 14th with two more to close in July and August.
· There will be over 7,000 fewer in-patient bed days at the hospital this year. Theatres will also close and there will also be a 15 per cent reduction in day case activity along with a 15 per cent reduction in outpatient activity.
· Two “play” specialists will be lost on May 14th. These specialists are crucially important for many children.
· It is expected that the contracts of 17 household workers will not be renewed in May. There will be cuts in agency staffing and in staff holding temporary contracts, and also in overtime and on-call payments.