Thousands march against hospital downgrade plans
THOUSANDS protested in Waterford city yesterday against the Government's plans to break up the southeast's regional hospital network, telling Health Minister James Reilly: "If you cut, we die!"
The rally, the latest protest organised by the Save Waterford protest group, began at 2pm in Ballybricken and marched through the Glen, Bridge Street, the Quay and finished outside the Bishop's Palace on The Mall.
Gardai said that about 4,000 people attended the demonstration against government cost-cutting proposals, which could downgrade Waterford Regional Hospital and distribute many services to Cork.
It is expected that the Higgins Report, from a project group established to make recommendations on the composition of hospital groups in the south east region, will be released on Tuesday.