300 protest over loss of hospital surgical services
More than 300 protesters yesterday demanded that the Government reverse a decision to strip surgical services from a major orthopaedic hospital.
The protest outside St Mary's Hospital in Cork followed warnings from the Campaign for a Real Health Service (CRHS) that the 57-year old facility will now be reduced to little more than a large-scale nursing home.
Health Minister James Reilly informed staff in St Mary's Hospital, on the northside of Cork city, that surgery services in the hospital would be transferred to the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH). Work is now ongoing at SIVUH on new surgical theatres to allow the transfer.
There will be no job losses but health campaigners believe that the northside will lose a key healthcare asset and receive merely an expanded geriatric facility.