Saturday 3 December 2016

Visit smaller hospitals to get true picture

Published 11/07/2011 | 05:00

Alison O'Connor (Irish Independent, July 9), like our health minister and so many other head honchos, never really visited these so-called small hospitals to get first-hand information.

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You have to be a local to understand the problems. Small hospitals are not just hospitals, they are like family -- everybody knows you, your family and your problems. Smaller hospitals have been treating hundreds and thousands of patients with limited resources and staff for years, and suddenly they are deemed "unsafe".

Although it is true that some patients are better off being treated in specialist centres, we're talking about day-to-day emergencies.

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