Wexford Fianna Fail TD John Browne has told a packed meeting in Wexford that he backs the campaign to retain 24 hour Accident and Emergency services at Wexford General Hospital because his wheelchair bound daughter pleaded with him that she needed it to care for her when she had consumed too much alcohol.
The meeting was called by local Labour Deputy Brendan Howlin following concerns that the local A&E was to be downgraded and relocated to Waterford 40 miles away. About 1,000 people attended the meeting which was chaired by local broadcaster, Alan Corcoran. The proceedings were recorded by South East Radio and are to be forwarded to the HSE network team at present driving the reconfiguration for the HSE to show the depth of concern in the county on the issue.
Starting his contribution to the meeting Deputy Browne said “My daughter is in a wheelchair and like all 23 year olds she sometimes gets drunk and ends up in A&E. She said to me coming out tonight that I better keep A&E open 24/7 because she’s not giving up drinking”. Deputy Browne went on to tell the meeting that he had spoken to the Health Minister Mary Harney and set out his concerns about the future of A&E at Wexford and that he believes it should be maintained.
Whatever about the rights and wrongs of reconfiguration, is it not the lowest of the low to exploit a daughter's excessive alcohol consumption for political expediency?