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Minister Varadkar responsible for strike in A&E Departments – Cullinane

24 November, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has accused the government of pushing nurses and other medical staff to the brink.  Speaking on foot of today’s announcement by the INMO that emergency department nurses will take strike action on 15 December, Senator Cullinane said:

“I have repeatedly called for the Minister to come into the Seanad for a debate on the crisis in in the public health system.

“Today’s announcement of industrial action by nurses is not surprising as A&E departments across the country are struggling to cope. We need to be very clear that responsibility for this state of affairs lies squarely with the Minister and the government, and not with nurses or their unions.

“Our public health system is characterised by a lack of capacity, and a chronic lack of resources. The government could have taken steps to rectify this situation in Budget 2016, but it chose not to.

“Instead, it spent money on reducing taxes that should and could have been used to alleviate pressure in A&E Departments and across the public health service in general. The Minister and the government continue to put lives at risk with their total disregard for the country’s public health system and the people who work in it.” 

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