IT’S AN absolute outrage. It’s wrong and there’s no medical reason for it,’ said Cllr. Tómas Sharkey of the HSE cuts announced this week which will see 24 beds close at the Louth County Hospital along with a reduction in agency staff working there.
The Sinn Fein councillor, who is a member of the Save Our Services campaign, said the committee will support whatever action the unions in the hospital take. ‘If the unions in the hospital are going out on the streets, the people of Dundalk will be out with them.’
He feared that the cuts, which will leave just 18 beds in the hospital, spells the end of in-patient services in the Dundalk hospital.