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Policy, not personality, the problem in health – Ó Caoláin

11 July, 2014 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, commenting on the appointment of Leo Varadkar as the new Health Minister, has stated that it will make no difference to the performance and delivery of services unless it comes with a fundamental change of policy.

Deputy Ó Caoláin made the statement after Leo Varadkar was announced as Minister for Health in today’s Cabinet reshuffle.

He said;

“Despite the failings of former Health Minister Reilly in terms of his management and oversight of our health services, at times further complicated by his irregular actions, the overriding problem remains this Government’s stated commitment to health care delivery underpinned by private insurance companies whose primary interest is profit.

“Healthcare driven by multiple competing private insurers striving to deliver a profit for shareholders will most certainly fail the real health needs of the Irish people. Until that policy changes and a commitment is given to a healthcare system based on need and need alone and paid for through fair and general taxation, the matter of who holds the Minister’s title will be of only marginal relevance.

“Sinn Féin’s long stated position is that healthcare should be delivered based on need. It should be free at the point of access and paid for through fair and progressive taxation. It is on these principles that we can build a truly world class service across our island.”


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