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Figures reflecting cancer death rates in Blakestown not surprising- Cllr Paul Donnelly

11 November, 2014

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has said that the figures for cancer rates in the Blanchardstown area in particular Blakestown are not surprising given the savage cuts in services in areas like Blakestown.

 Cllr Donnelly said:

 “I read the report this morning and sadly I am not surprised by these figures. Unfortunately it has been well acknowledged by the medical profession that poverty and health are intrinsically interlinked.

 “Access to health care in working class areas is a huge problem, especially for those on low incomes who are not eligible for medical cards but don’t earn enough to afford to properly look after their own health.

 “In many GP surgeries the waiting time could be up to three hours, with a minimum cost of €50. We have a hospital charge of €100 and we have prescription charges even for those with medical cards.

 “In the Corduff area, it was announced that building work was due to start on the new primary care centre, it is now over six months and not a single brick has been laid and we are still looking at a green field site.

 “We immediately need properly funded education and prevention programmes directed at these identified areas, easier access to health care and treatment and a reduction in waiting times to see consultants. 

“What we need is a new universal public health system for Ireland that provides care to all free at the point of delivery, on the basis of need alone, and funded from general fair and progressive taxation.

 “This will mean an end to the HSE and to the 'two tier system' and will include comprehensive community-based primary health and social care services for all, including general practitioner and dental services and an abolition of all prescription charges. As a stepping stone towards a free universal healthcare system, medical cards should be immediately extended to all those earning on or below the minimum wage.

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