Galway City East Cllr Michael J Crowe has warned that any potential cuts to hospital services in the upcoming HSE Service Plan will be strongly resisted.

Cllr Crowe was speaking as speculation grows that the HSE Service Plan for the West will see even more vital healthcare services cut.

Cllr Crowe commented: “The Health service is currently in a shambles thanks to the gross mismanagement by Minister James Reilly. The people who will pay for this incompetence are the sick and needy who depend on our healthcare services.

“There is a real danger that acute services at Galway University Hospital will be curtailed again in 2014. Our hospitals are at breaking point and any more cuts to funding and services could have a devastating impact on waiting lists for surgeries, outpatient appointments and even emergency services.

“The delivery of necessary vital cancer services will also be under threat and any such cuts will be strongly opposed by Fianna Fáil. It is obvious from the budget figures that promises made by Minister Reilly to keep within his budget this year have again failed.

“Galway University Hospital serves the entire West of Ireland, for the hospital to remain as a major regional healthcare facility, there cannot be any cuts to funding or services.

“The budget was a cynical attack on our older citizens with a dramatic reduction in medical cards, a hike in prescription charges, the abolition of the telephone allowance, increased tax on savings and the scrapping of the bereavement grant.

“Our older people deserve more than this and I would urge the Minister for Health to consider this before the HSE Service Plans are released.”