Large Crowd take part in victory protest today as respite cuts rolled back

A large crowd of people from Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Palmerstown took part in a Victory protest today to mark the re-instatement of respite beds in Cherry Orchard Hospital. Carers, their families, patients and the wider community learned from the HSE yesterday that intended cuts to the roll over respite service had been rescinded.

The protest went ahead to ensure that the HSE do not renege on their committment to respite care and to protest at the cuts in respite in Leopardstown and Baggot Street. The protest also carried messages for Mary Harney and the HSE to demand a free public health service for all. According to one of the organisers, Brid Smith of the People Before Profit Alliance:

“This is a major victory for People Power. All credit for this U turn by the HSE is due to the carers, their families and the wider community. Attention wa drawn to these cuts by the national media and sparked huge anger among the local community. All local community groups, churches and politicans got behind the campaign and have shown that threw unity, determination and people power we can achieve sucess in the face of inhuman and outrageous cuts by the HSE.””This campaign will not go away and will be watching closely the progress in Cherryorchard Hospital to ensure that no cuts are implemented in any of the services. We will also be linking in with protests against the respite cuts in Leopardstown and Baggot Street Hospitals and the national campaign organised by the trade union movement for a free, public health service for all.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT BRID SMITH AT 087 9090166

 

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