Saturday, November 10, 2012

D’Arcy comments on Waterford Regional Hospital unhelpful and disgraceful – Ó Súilleabháin

Sinn Féin spokesperson in North Wexford, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin has described the comments of local senator Michael D’Arcy that Waterford Regional Hospital is the worst performing hospital in the country as disgraceful and inaccurate.

Senator D’Arcy made the comments this week in the Seanad, as Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane, the leader of the house Senator Maurice Cummins, and South Tipperary based Labour Senator Denis Landy all called for the retention of services at the hospital.

The North Wexford Sinn Fein spokesperson has called on Senator D'Arcy to back up his comments with facts.

Speaking on Friday Ó Súilleabháin said:

“These comments by Senator D’Arcy are appalling, disgraceful and inaccurate; it is untrue to suggest that Waterford Regional Hospital is the worst performing hospital in the country.

“In fact many reports have pointed to the hospital’s success in providing high quality, specialist services in areas such as cancer care. It is also clear that Senator D’Arcy is out of touch with the views of consultants in Wexford General Hospital who voted overwhelming to stay with the South East Hospital grouping.

“Senator D’Arcy needs to explain to cancer patients in Wexford, why they should face the long road to Dublin for treatment rather than the shorter route to Waterford Regional Hospital.

“I commend the Oireachtas members and Councillors from all parties across the region, who are uniting on this issue and who are sending a very clear message to the Minister for Health, James Reilly that Waterford Regional Hospital must not be downgraded.”

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