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Sinn Féin can deliver universal health care – Adams

15 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and party colleagues Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Miriam Murphy, Sinn Féin Head of Social Policy, and Pearse Doherty TD this morning launched the party’s Universal Healthcare policy: Better4Health – A Sinn Féin Plan for Universal Healthcare.

Speaking at the launch Gerry Adams said:

“The head of the HSE has admitted publicly (Sunday Business Post 13 December) that there is ‘no plan, no money, and no vision’ for the future of the health service.

“Tony O’Brien says the lack of funding forces him to work strictly in the short-term.

“For his part, Health Minister Leo Varadkar who presides over this chaos, has said that CEOs of hospital groups should be allowed to transfer management of hospitals to private providers.

“Minister Varadkar also said that hospital groups should be able to conduct business in the manner of semi state companies ‘outside the constraints of public service rules’.

“These are shocking and revealing comments which highlight the ideological position of this government which seeks ultimately to privatise our health services, leaving patients even more at the mercy of a profit margin.

“For our part, Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation.

“Sinn Féin has a vision for a universal healthcare system; a comprehensive and credible plan to achieve it; and the funding to make it a reality without increasing taxes.

“It will require an investment of €3.3 billion over five years. Sinn Féin makes no apologies for our commitment to public services. We believe that a fair society must include all its citizens. Inclusivity is vital.

“All citizens have the right to be treated equally. They have entitlements. And central to this is the provision of a warp around health service from the cradle to the grave.” 

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