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Elderly targeted by health cuts say unions

Published 11/07/2009

A protest march is taking place later today over cuts by the HSE to home support service hours.

The demonstration has been organised by SIPTU and IMPACT and is taking place in Co. Donegal.

Richy Carrothers from IMPACT said that while the cuts are being felt across the country the situation is particularly bad in rural areas like Donegal,

"The elderly and sick in this county may not see people from one end of the week to the next.

"We have evidence where a 104-year-old woman has been left high and dry by the HSE purely on the basis that she can make a cup of tea and the HSE have made the decision that she's capable of looking after herself."

The unions say up to a thousand people are expected to take part in the march and rally in Stranorlar.

Carrothers wants the protest to show the government that the cuts are wrong,

"I think that it's really important that we send a clear message to the HSE and the Government that whilst we all recognise that we live in difficult economic times, blaming and attacking the elderly, the sick and the vulnerable isn't the way out of it."

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