Health services are set for another battering with the ambulance service under threat and a €1.7m cut in funding for South Tipperary General Hospital to be implemented this year.
South Tipperary General Hospital is under enormous pressure to cope with increased activity and a further cut in funding will have a damaging effect on services at the hospital, says Independent TD Seamus Healy.
South Tipperary is also in danger of losing one of two emergency ambulances based in Cashel to cover the area.
A breakdown of the €1.7m cutbacks for South Tipperary General is not availabe yet but the size of the funding deficit was announced by Minister Reilly as part of the national service plan.
“This cut comes on top of a funding cut of €10m over the last five years which has seen staff numbers reduce by up to two hundred resulting in massive pressure on dedicated and hard working staff to deliver services. Activity at the hospital has increased significantly with people living in the southern part of North Tipperary choosing Clonmel above Limerick as their hospital of choice,” said Deputy Healy.
Deputy Mattie McGrath hit out at plans to remove one of two emergency ambulances from South Tipperary and reduce the number of staff on roster.
“So we are left with the dangerous situation where if the planned reduction of emergency ambulances from two to one goes ahead then that will mean that when this single ambulance is out on call the whole area has no emergency ambulance serving it” he said.