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Hospital chiefs write to HSE saying cuts are threatening patient safety

A report on RTÉ’s Prime Time this evening claimed that hospital chief executives have warned of delays in cancer treatment due to budgetary reductions.

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THE CEOs OF the four major hospitals have written a letter to the director general of the HSE saying that health cuts are beginning to seriously threaten patient safety.

A report on RTÉ’s Prime Time this evening claimed that that the letter written to Tony O’Brien says that:

There is clear evidence that funding reductions coupled with accelerating demand have begun to seriosuly threaten the quality and safety of patient services.

The chief executives of Tallaght Hospital , St James’ Hospital, the Mater Hospand Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children say that cuts have begun to cause “unacceptably delays in treatment access for certain cancer patients due to overwhelming pressures on services”.

The hospital chiefs have complained that budgetary reductions are “short-sighted and random” and are likely to “seriously damage the foundation of the system”.

In last month’s budget s the government today outlined further savings of €666 million in the health service in 2014.

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