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Sinn Féin will oppose legislation that facilitates co-location - Ó Caoláin

13 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that his party will oppose legislation that facilitates the Government plan to 'co-locate' private for-profit hospitals on public hospital sites.

Commenting on news that the Government will tomorrow publish a Bill to address doubts over the status of a number of bodies established by Health Ministers, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The Government has informed us of its intention to publish a Bill tomorrow (Friday, December 14th) to address doubts over the status of a range of bodies established by successive Health Ministers under 1961 legislation.

"While it will be necessary to address the new Bill in detail it is already clear that key sections of the Bill are designed to facilitate Minister Harney's plan to allocate land at public hospital sites to developers of private for-profit hospitals.

"Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to this plan as it will reinforce the two-tier hospital system and cannot provide the additional public hospital beds that are so badly needed. Therefore we cannot support legislation that facilitates co-location." CRÍOCH

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