“A year of deepening crisis in health services” – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the Government’s Annual Report, the Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:
“A year of the Fine Gael-Labour Government has been a year of deepening crisis in our public health services. Far from addressing the crisis this Government has made it worse by continuing the cuts begun by its Fianna Fáil-led predecessors. Health Minister James Reilly has made no fundamental change from the failed policies pursued by Health Ministers Mícheál Martin, Brian Cowen and Mary Harney.
“Incredibly, the Government’s Annual Report makes no mention of the €750 million cut from the public health service budget in 2012, on top of the €1.5 billion cut in 2010 and 2011, nor to the 4,200 staff that have just departed from our health services, nor to the cuts in services announced in the HSE’s regional plans.
“The Annual Report is full of promises on health reform but we must judge those against the promises made during General Election 2011 by both Fine Gael and Labour who claimed they were going to reverse the health policies of Fianna Fáil.”