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Sinn Féin to ramp up pressure on Government this week with Dáil motion on health crisis

2 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


The Sinn Féin party will this week place a motion before the Dáil in relation to the current crisis in the health services and the threatened closure of rural A&Es.

The motion calls on the Government to live up to their electoral commitments and ensure equal access to safe and efficient hospital services for all, without discrimination.

Speaking during a break in the party’s Ard Comhairle meeting Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“Our health system is at breaking point. We are facing an impending crisis in our public hospitals due to the shortage of junior doctors from 11 July.  

“This is not news. We have known for years that the hospital system is totally over-reliant on junior doctors. Successive Governments have recognised this but have failed to address the problem and now it is looming again, worse than ever.

“We now look set to lose A&E departments in hospitals across the state. Fine Gael and Labour made repeated pre-election commitments to maintain services at smaller hospitals. These commitments have proved worthless as they impose savage health cuts because they value senior bank bondholders more than they value patients in our public health services.

“Our motion calls on the Government and all those TDs who made firm promises to their constituents that they would protect hospitals including Roscommon, Navan, Letterkenny, Portlaoise, Loughlinstown, Ballinasloe, Limerick, Clonmel, Mallow and Bantry, to stick by their word and stand up for the people who rely on these hospitals.

“We want the Government to stand by its electoral commitments and ensure equal access to safe and efficient hospital services for all, without discrimination based on income or geographic location.”

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