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SF Deputy Leader supports Crumlin Campaign

27 June, 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald will attend this afternoon’s Save Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Campaign protest this Saturday at 2pm outside the Hospital.

Speaking prior to the event Ms McDonald said:

“The impact of the cuts imposed by this government on our children’s healthcare is stark. Mary Harney remains wedded to the PDs failed
privatisation agenda and she continues on hand in hand with her government partners Fianna Fáil and the Green’s.

“The HSE has increased it’s spend on private hospital procedures for children over a recent year period by an astonishing 8,400%. In 2004
the HSE spent €54,536 on sub-contracting operations on children to private hospitals. By 2008 that figure had risen to over 4.5 million
euro. In total the government has diverted €16.5 million euro between 2004 and 2008 away from public health service provision for children
to private hospitals.

“Health Minister Mary Harney has imposed a range of savage cutbacks on Crumlin and Tallaght Children’s Hospital including the closure of an
operating theatre which will result in the delay or cancellation of more than 2,000 operations and the closure of two wards in Crumlin due to a miserly €9.6 shortfall in funding from government. Take this shortfall in the context of the most recent government Anglo bail out of €4 billion and it is clear where this governments priorities lie.

“Our Lady’s is a national centre of excellence for the care of children yet the government refuses to adequately fund its needs to operate effectively.

“Privatisation of public services does not work. It didn’t work during the celtic tiger’s years and it will not work during the recession. If
billions of euro can be found at a moments notice to bail out a bad bank like Anglo then a similar commitment and approach needs to be embraced by this government to our children’s healthcare.

From the days of Dev Fianna Fáil’s record when it comes to the care and well being of our children, particularly the most vulnerable, is disgraceful. They have never cherished all of the children equally nor have they prioritised their education, their care and their health.” ENDS

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