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Government failing Health Service

28 September, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning accused the government of failing to act to tackle the crisis in the health services.

The Sinn Féin leader also criticised the ‘heckling’ of Fine Gael and Labour TDs who constantly interrupted as he questioned the Taoiseach on the numbers of patients on trolleys and hospital floors in emergency departments.

Speaking after Leaders Questions in the Dáil today Mr Adams said:

“In its five point plan for the election Fine Gael pledged to reform the health service and cut waiting lists.

“But yesterday the Taoiseach admitted that the Cabinet Health Committee hasn’t met once since it was established in June.

“Yesterday also saw almost 400 people on hospital trolleys, with the worst hospital being Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda.

“And today there is more evidence of the crisis in the health system with nurses in Limerick on strike since 8.30am this morning because of gross over-crowding and the affect it is having on patient safety.

“These are deadly serious issues and it beggars belief that the trauma of almost 400 citizens and their families is being ignored and reduced by some TDs to mere heckling.

“The fact is that government economic policy is to strip resources away from health and other essential services and to use it to pay off the debts of a dead bank like Anglo-Irish.

“One consequence of this is that on November 2nd the government is going to pay 700 million euros to bondholders in Anglo-Irish. That money would build hundreds of new schools, new hospitals and create thousands of jobs.

“These are short sighted policies and uneconomic policies which will make it more difficult to repair the damage done by the economic crisis.” ENDS

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