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Urgent and immediate action on hospital crisis needed – Adams

17 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams TD has called on the government “urgently and immediately” to make clear, how it plans to deal with the crisis in the health service, in respect of the gap in the numbers of junior hospital doctors.

Deputy Adams said : “When I raised this with the Taoiseach in leaders’ questions on Wednesday, he said that the minister for health would be dealing with this today. (Friday).

“Thus far there has been no action. This is unacceptable. My understanding is that the minister for health is to announce legislation to clear the way for some 400 junior hospital doctors to be employed.

“The minister, urgently and immediately, needs to set out his proposals for dealing with this crisis. While any measure which plugs the gap in the number of junior hospital doctors is welcome, it is only papering over the cracks in a health service that is not fit for purpose.

“A long term policy is required which provides citizens with access to a decent health service, protects jobs and protects hospitals,” he concluded.

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