Health care services undermined as budgets cut in Belmullet – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Dara Calleary, has said that budget cuts which will see no agency staff employed at Belmullet District Hospital and Áras Deirbhle completely undermine the services provided and go against the government’s ambitions for health care.

A memorandum from May 31st details changes which will see agency staff no longer engaged in services at both health facilities and temporary contracts will not be renewed.

Commenting, Deputy Calleary said, “It is absolutely disgraceful that services will be curtailed. As a consequence, bed capacity will be reduced. I understand temporary contracts will not be renewed. All these changes will only add to existing pressures in Mayo General Hospital and other health care facilities in the west. 

“The government champion their commitment toward health care in the community. Clearly, despite these ambitions they do not match them with funding and health care services are failing in the West.

“The Minister for Health and his Department has to look at the situation in Belmullet and stop these cuts from proceeding. The staff there do an exceptional job in challenging circumstances.

“It is disgraceful that jobs and services would be reduced overnight. Not just this, but the potential delay in treatment or diagnosis must be considered when funding is reassessed and HSE plans for Ballina District Hospital and Swinford District Hospital must be outlined,” concluded Deputy Calleary.