Access to healthcare when and where you need it is a fundamental right in any decent society, but it was the first casualty as the recession hit. One in every eight patients on a hospital waiting list is in the queue for over a year. Some people are waiting for up to four years to see a consultant. We have seen a deterioration of the ambulance service with potentially lethal consequences. The government has failed to honour its commitment to provide €35 million of ring-fenced mental health funding. And under this government’s watch our public system’s workforce has been shrunk by 9,255 whole-time equivalent staff.
The health system continues to
fail people because it is a grossly inequitable two- tier,
public-private system. Access to care is not based on need alone.
Ability to pay is still a key factor in access to
care both in terms of timely access, and in many cases, quality of care.
Sinn Féin Would:
The coming election will be about who can deliver a fair recovery for all our citizens. At present we have parties that imposed austerity, punished those most in need and are now claiming a one sided and unfair recovery. Sinn Féin offers a republican vision of Ireland, deliverable policies for a fair recovery and a new form of politics. An Irish language version of this document is also available here.
Budget 2015 provided an opportunity to begin building a fair recovery. Here we set out a plan to maximise growth in the economy, protect and improve public services and balance the tax system.