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South Dublin County Council passes motion calling on Harney to resign

14 June, 2010


Tallaght based Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has welcomed the passing of a motion at today’s council meeting which calls on Health Minister Mary Harney to resign or be sacked before another health crisis emerges.

The motion passed today (full text below) also deplored the failure in Tallaght Hospital to read thousands of x-rays and to process thousands of GP referral letters and called for an end to the two-tier public/private hospital system and the development of a new single-tier system with access for all based on medical need alone.

Speaking after today’s Council meeting Councillor Crowe said:

“I welcome the passing of today’s motion. The motion calls for the resignation or sacking of Mary Harney as Minister for Health before another health crisis emerges. I put down this motion three months ago. In the meantime the scandal at Lourdes Hospital has emerged. How many more crises need to emerge before this Minister resigns or is forced from her position.

“The two tier public/private healthcare system is at the crux of the problems in Irish healthcare and Sinn Féin has long campaigned for its end. I welcome South Dublin County Council’s support for this position today.

“Only the establishment of a new single-tier healthcare system with access for all based on medical need alone can truly get rid of the inequalities that have infested our current system and led to scandals such as that at Tallaght hospital.

“For that to happen we need to see a move away from the conservative political parties and the emergence of a new era of progressive politics.” ENDS

Editor’s note: Full text of Councillor Crowe’s motion follows.

That this Council

* reaffirms its support for Tallaght Hospital as a vital public healthcare facility
* deplores the failure in Tallaght Hospital to read thousands of x-rays and to process thousands of GP referral letters
* welcomes the inquiry into how this happened and the proposal to appoint a new board
* urges that the inquiry should include within its remit:
- a full exploration and exposure of any or all administrative and/or clinical management failures which may have led to this serious breakdown
- the need for greater accountability on the part of consultants and recommendations as to how full compliance with the consultants' contract, restricting work in the private health sector, can be monitored and fully implemented;
* calls for an end to the two-tier public/private hospital system and the development of a new single-tier system with access for all based on medical need alone
* opposes any effort to downgrade and remove services from Tallaght Hospital
* urges the provision of essential resources to ensure that the Hospital can provide safe and effective services to patients including, if required, additional radiologists.
*supports a quicker and more transparent system of Doctor’s referral letters to the hospital and urges the immediate introduction and formal use of email
*calls for the resignation or sacking of Health Minister Mary Harney before another Health crisis emerges.

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