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Sinn Féin comments on concerns over Health Service

20 April, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin’s Sue Ramsey, who will join protesting staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital later this afternoon, has taken the opportunity to clarify Sinn Féin’s position on speculation regarding the McKinsey Report.
Speaking this morning she said;
“The McKinsey Report was commissioned at a cost of £330,000 by UUP Minister Michael McGimpsey.
The report has not been formally considered at Executive level.
Leaks of the report revealed that elements of the McKinsey Report were in line with a British Tory-like approach to public services.
This is not Sinn Fein’s approach and never will be.
Sinn Fein’s election manifesto calls for; “A new universal public health system for Ireland that provides care to all, free at the point of delivery, on the basis of need alone, and funded from general, fair and progressive taxation.”
Sinn Fein will again meet with Unions and discuss our concerns about cuts in the Health Service.
It is outrageous that health workers and other public sector workers feel under such threat from the Tory government that they are contemplating strike action.
The fact that McGimpsey refused to make public the recommendations of the McKinsey Report, while in office, is a clear indication that even the UUP realized it was a non starter.
We are opposed to the proposals contained within the report.” CRÍOCH

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