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THE people of east Cork fear the consequences of HSE proposals to cut night cover at almost half of its ambulance bases in Cork and Kerry.
Under the proposals, only two of the three ambulance stations serving Midleton, Youghal and Fermoy would remain open any weekday night. Each one would close on a rotating basis.
Protest meetings are being organised to fight against the reduction in the service which has been brought about as a result of the lunatic level of cutbacks in the health services. These harsh policies are being adopted by bureaucrats who are totally insulated from what is happening on the ground. If they were aware of reality we would not have to deal with the total chaos that our health services find themselves at present.
For the safety and wellbeing of our people, it is essential we have a 24/7 ambulance service in Youghal, Midleton and Fermoy.
This is truly a pro-life campaign – one aimed at protecting the lives of our people. If HSE gets its way, both Youghal and Midleton will have no more than a skeleton service that would not be remotely adequate for the area.
We cannot allow our ambulance service to be downgraded. We must be prepared to fight for the rights of our people when basic social justice is under attack as it is now. What sort of mentality seeks to solve problems at the expense of those least able to bear the burden? Get out and fight against the downgrading of the ambulance services in east Cork and beyond. Support such campaigns until justice is obtained and government cutbacks are buried before they bury all of us.
Cllr Noel Collins
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