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Department of Health strategy statement confirms cuts of more than €2 billion – Ó Caoláin

9 May, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the publication by Health Minister James Reilly of the Department of Health Statement of Strategy 2011-2014, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“The Statement of Strategy from the Department of Health offers nothing new but repeats the promises of reform already repeatedly made by Health Minister James Reilly. However, the strategy confirms that this government intends to take over €2 billion more out of the Health Budget up to 2014. This will have hugely damaging consequences for our already struggling public health services.

“The Minister and his Department have presented no strategy to re-open closed public hospital beds. There are currently over 2,400 beds closed in our public hospitals. The over €2 billion cuts signalled in this document will in fact see many more beds closed.

“The Strategy gives us no more details or costings of the government’s proposed Universal Health Insurance system. Details were promised by Fine Gael before the general election but have yet to materialise. Instead we have the promise of the establishment of an Implementation Group by the department.”

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