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O’Brien calls for universal healthcare to end thousands long waiting lists in Cork

15 December, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Jonathan O’Brien TD has today called for drastic reform to the health service following the launch of his party’s health policy today which would deliver universal healthcare if implemented.  

The Cork North Central TD said;

“It is a scandal that there is currently over 6,000 patients, across the three main hospitals in the Cork City, are waiting more than a year for treatment.

“While there has been a decrease in the overall waiting list numbers, when you combine the figures for CUH, The Mercy and the South Infirmary, the outpatient waiting list stands at a staggering 45, 245 people waiting for treatment. There are 4753 people on the inpatient lists.

“Since the closure of St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, there is no public hospital on the northside of Cork City. The people of Cork deserve better than this crisis management approach to their health.

 “We have designed a plan to deliver universal healthcare that is fully costed and researched extensively.

“Sinn Féin has a plan to go with its vision for quality, accessible, public healthcare system, a world-class system of universal healthcare, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery and funded by the available fiscal space – and the political will to go with it.”

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