Emergency services at South Tipperary General Hospital are under threat again.
The hospital may lose its 24 hour Emergency Department service in health cutbacks to be implemented following the budget.
There are fears that budgetary cuts will lead to closure of several ED services around the country between 8 in the evening and 8 in the morning.
A document leaked from the HSE states that one of the measures which may be necessary due to budgetary cuts is the closure of several ED service during those hours and South Tipperary General is identified as one of those hospitals that could be affected.
In a statement South Tipperary TD Seamus Healy has told the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Leo Varadkar to keep their hands off the Emergency Department at South Tipperary General Hospital.
â€œThis would be completely unacceptable. It would amount to the effective denial of health services to those living outside the larger cities, a vicious form of discrimination. After dark, the nearest Emergency Department services would be situated in Limerick, Cork and Waterford.
We have had enough health and hospital cuts, far too many in fact,â€ said Deputy Healy.
South Tipperary General Hospital Budget, he said, has been cut by almost 25% or â‚¬11 million over the last few years and it has lost over 100 staff.
This year, 2014, has seen a further â‚¬1.7 million cut to the budget,he said.
Over the same period, activity at the hospital and patient numbers has increased significantly and the hospital is operating at 120% capacity on an on-going basis,â€ said Deputy Healy.