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Labour’s legacy is a ruined health system – McDonald

17 December, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has highlighted the failings of the Labour Party in reforming the health system, urging Tánaiste Joan Burton to provide an adequate level of investment in the health service.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Tánaiste, the single biggest failure of your government has been the failure to reform our health system. In 2011 your manifesto said that Labour in Government would deliver better more effective care for every patient.

“The Fine Gael Labour Programme for Government described the coalition as the first in the history of the State that is committed to developing universal health care. Your Government promised to create a single-tier health service guaranteeing access to medical care based on need, not income.

“Five years on and the hope that you gave to hundreds of thousands of families has been cruelly dashed. Not only is the two tier health system still in place – you have made it worse. There are 4000 fewer nurses, 68,000 people waiting for inpatient treatments, 400,000 people waiting for outpatient appointments.

“And as if all of this were not enough, you are now imposing a service plan on the HSE that is €150m short of what they need.

“Tánaiste, will you admit that you have no plan and no vision for the health system? And will you commit to finally providing the level of funding and staffing that is urgently required to provide people with the health care they so urgently need?”

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