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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007

Vol. 638 No. 4

Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32.

Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32. I will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following matter of urgent national importance, namely, the continuing impact of the disgraceful cuts being imposed by the Health Service Executive, HSE, on hospitals, including the cancellation of up to eight operations per day at Cavan General Hospital; the need for the Minister for Health and Children to apologise to public patients in the health care system; to withdraw her statement that the cuts will not affect patient care; and to take immediate measures to lift the ban on recruitment and to restore services.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of urgent national importance, namely, in light of the HSE cutbacks at University College Hospital in Galway, which is leading to the postponement of breast cancer biopsies and a further two week delay in the results of smear tests and furthermore the planned cancellation of 75 orthopaedic operations per month at Merlin Park regional hospital in Galway, that these curtailments of services will lead to severe suffering and anxiety for patients in the west. There is an urgent need for the Minister for Finance to intervene directly in this situation and reinstate these valuable and long-term cost-saving health procedures before lives are put at serious risk.

Having considered the matters raised, I do not consider them in order under Standing Order 32.