Unfortunately the notonama onblogspot template email contains the following statement:
In this current period essential state services are being cut (e.g. cancer treatment service in Sligo, problems at the Crumlin hospital) putting lives in risk.
Cancer treatments are being cut in Sligo due to a rationalisation of the way cancer care is provided, on the back of a lot of expert clinical evidance, it has never been presented as an expenditure issue, rather as a method of gathering clinical expertise in viable clusters with the critical mass of patients required to facilitate the growth of real expertise (i.e. experience). Whether you agree with the strategy or not, lumping it in with name and expenditure cuts only confuses the issue and demonstates a lack of understanding of the issues in each case.
Ozzy's Rules for Contradictory Success, No. 5:
Never feed your opposition a red herring with which to beat you or you will end up smelling of fish.