Stop Downgrading of Cavan General Hospital

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The government has proposed ending trauma services in Cavan General Hospital as part of a nationwide centralisation plan. In principle this is not a bad thing, but the manner in which it is being implemented shows a blatant disregard for those living outside of cities. This echoes a trend seen in other areas such as lopsided development of transport networks, broadband infrastructure, and foreign direct investment.

Places like Cavan only have partial or non-existent motorway connections to most other areas of the country, with even the M3 to Dublin only starting after Virginia. It is totally unreasonable to assume this allows for adequate access to vital life or death facilities.

It is simply not good enough that the government should take away very needed services from regional hospitals without laying the groundwork for a centralised health system where people in rural areas have the same access as those in cities.

The government must halt these plans immediately and give assurances that the facilities will remain in place, or that a major transport development will be undertaken beforehand to ensure fast and reliable access to more centralised services.



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