HAC meeting: Quotes from the floor

‘We have a centre of excellence in the County Hospital. We have excellent consultants and staff of all grades. They cannot do enough for you’ – Cllr. Paula McNamara. ‘It’s a crying shame that we have to be here and this Government is letting us down time and time again. There are 23 local hospitals that this Government are planning to downgrade. They are doing it slowly and surely, chipping away and chipping away. If they take away surgery, none of the other services will survive