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Sinn Féin set out guidelines for judging Compton Report

13 December, 2011 - by Westminster


Sinn Féin Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said the party will judge the Compton Report by how it delivers healthcare for the needs of people and communities that is safe, accessible and efficient and which targets the inequalities which give rise to ill heath in certain sections of society

Michelle Gildernew, who is also chairperson of the Health Committee, also said we need for a sensible all island approach to healthcare.

“The Compton Report will clearly have significant implications for the future of the Health system in not just the north but the border counties also.

“Given its importance in moving the healthcare system forward it clearly requires significant examination and scrutiny by politicians, healthcare professionals, the Trade Unions and the general public.

“We will certainly be taking this report away, studying it carefully and taking an active part in the consultation.

“In an initial examination there are areas which will cause obvious concern and there are other recommendations which will be less controversial.

“Recently there have been a number of reports produced detailing the state of healthcare across the island. Going forward there is clearly a need for a sensible all-Ireland approach to be taken to delivering healthcare for citizens.

“This approach will deliver not only significant efficiencies in these tight economic times but better outcomes for patients.

What we need to see delivered at the end of this process is a healthcare system which delivers for the needs of people and communities that is safe, accessible and efficient and which targets the inequalities which give rise to ill heath in certain sections of society. These are the benchmarks by which we will judge this report.”

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