Adams highlights case of child paying price for Government’s austerity policies
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has told the Taoiseach that the Government cannot take between €700 million and €1 billion out of the health service without further devastating frontline services.
Speaking in the Dail today Mr Adams said:
“Yesterday the Health Service Executive delivered its 2014 National Service Plan to Minister Reilly.
“It includes almost €700 million in cuts and speculation is that the figure is closer to €1 billion. Austerity rules. There is justifiable, widespread concern about the effect these cuts will have on patient safety and care.
“This is clearly the worst small country in the western world to be sick in. Patients with breast, bowel and cervical cancer fared worse here than in the vast majority of industrialised states between 2006 and 2011.
“Last Friday the HSE confirmed that 24 health agencies, including some hospitals, are paying top-ups to their managers.
“It is obvious that you cannot take between €700 million and €1 billion out of an already dysfunctional health service without further devastating frontline services and undermining the right of citizens to a decent, wraparound healthcare system.”
The Sinn Fein Leader said that, on top of all these cuts, the Government has targeted €113 million in cuts to medical cards in 2014, which was causing real distress to very sick people.
Holding a photograph of Kate McShane from Drogheda — a two year old Down Syndrome child requiring heart surgeries and long-term GP and hospital care who has been denied a full medical card — Mr Adams said that he had forwarded her case and others to the Taoiseach but that she was still denied her medical card.
“This child is among the thousands paying the price for your austerity policies," Mr Adams said.