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Martin playing politics with people's lives

Micheal Martin was a member of the cabinet that decided to shut down breast cancer services at Sligo General Hospital in 2009.

He also supported the health cuts in the December 2010 Budget which have brought about the restriction of the accident and emergency services in Roscommon. And he now has the audacity to chide the current Government for being unable to reverse these decisions.

The new Government has been left to try and balance patient safety with the dire state of the funding available to the health service. Mr Martin was directly complicit in bringing about this sorry state of affairs. His bleatings on these issues only serve to play politics with people's lives and should be treated with the scorn they deserve.

Barry Walsh
Clontarf, Dublin 3

Irish Independent