Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Cllr Johnny Mythen concerned over future of Wexford General Hospital
Wexford Sinn Féin have called on the county’s three government TDs; Paul Kehoe, Liam Twomey and Brendan Howlin, to give their personal pledge of honour that no further downgrading of any kind will take place at Wexford General Hospital. The call comes following hospital confirmation that they are running over budget and must initiate monetary restrictions. Cllr Johnny Mythen said that Sinn Féin recognised the budgetary difficulties which hospital management now face, but insisted that it was the duty of Wexfords three government TDs to insure that there was no loss to critical services or vital staff which would impact on patient care.
“Wexford Sinn Fein have grave concerns over the future of Wexford General Hospital following the recent statement by Dr. Quigley on the serious budget deficit there,” Cllr Mythen said. “Reliable sources within the hospital itself have told Sinn Fein of pending closures of existing vital services and of the imminent layoff of key staff. Sinn Fein immediately requested a meeting with the Hospital management to clarify the exact situation.”
“We believe that Minister Brendan Howlin, Paul Kehoe TD, and Liam Twomey TD are well aware of this serious situation also. Therefore we are calling on all three to step up to the mark and give their personal pledge of honour that there will be no downgrading of Wexford General Hospital, now or in the present term of this Government.”