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Our health system is in a state of crisis. This is not a matter of debate: trolley numbers have spiked, waiting lists stretch into years, and medical staff trained at home are leaving in droves due to poor working conditions.

This crisis can be boiled down to two key failings on the part of successive governments: firstly, an extreme depth of fundamental inequality in how patients are treated, differentiated on ability to pay and location; and secondly, the sheer incapacity of the system to deal with even demographic pressures, evidenced particularly in our Emergency Departments and maternity care.

Universal Health Care, not Universal Health Insurance, is the solution.

Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation for the Irish state. We believe there is no greater good worth striving for.

View and share our Better For Health document in PDF Booklet here.


Sinn Féin priorities in government would include:

  • Increase spending on healthcare by €3.3 billion to move from a failing, two tier health system to universal healthcare.
  • Recruit 6,600 additional frontline health workers including nurses, midwives and consultants.
  • Roll out free GP care and free prescriptions.
  • End two-tier access to hospital care and deal with the trolley crisis.
  • Invest an additional €15 million in the ambulance service.
  • Prioritise disability services and mental health.
  • Support older people by increasing home help hours, respite hours and providing additional nursing home beds.
  • €3.3 billiún breise a infheistiú chun go mbogfar ó chóras sláinte éagothrom dhá leibhéal go dtí cúram sláinte do chách.
  • Earcófar 6,600 oibrí line tosaigh lena n-áirítear banaltraí, mná glúine agus comhairleoirí.
  • Ciallaíonn sin cúram DG agus oidis in aisce,
  • Deireadh a chur le rochtain dhá leibhéal ar chúram ospidéil agus déileáil le géarchéim na dtralaithe.
  • Infheistíocht de €15 milliún sa bhreis a dhéanamh sa tseirbhís otharlainne
  • Tús áite a thabhairt do sheirbhísí míchumais agus meabhairshláinte
  • Tacú le daoine scothaosta tríd uaireanta cúraim bhaile, uaireanta cúraim faoisimh a mhéadú agus leapacha breise i dtithe altranais a chur ar fáil.

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Our health system is in a state of crisis. This crisis can be boiled down to two key failings on the part of successive governments: firstly, an extreme depth of fundamental inequality in how patients are treated, differentiated on ability to pay and location; and secondly, the sheer incapacity of the system to deal with even demographic pressures, evidenced particularly in our Emergency Departments and maternity care.

Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation for the Irish state. We believe there is no greater good worth striving for.

View and share our Better For Health document in PDF Booklet here.

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