HSE representatives are meeting union officials in Mayo this afternoon to discuss cuts in primary care services in the Western region.

The Fórsa trade union is highlighting cuts to occupational therapy in the region, the culling of 63 posts in primary care, and reports that vacancies arising from retirements and maternity leave will not be filled.

Assistant general secretary of Fórsa Padraig Mulligan claims this is a decimation of primary care services in the West, and says it appears that a person's geographical location will dictate whether or not they receive a primary care service from the HSE.

He says 11 occupational therapists have already been let go, while elsewhere in the region, the loss of clerical posts means at least one day per week is now being spent by health and social care professionals on clerical work, rather than dealing with patients.

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