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Taoiseach confirms he has no plan to tackle health crisis

29 December, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féín Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has said comments from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in today’s media confirm that he has no plan to tackle the crisis in our health services.

Deputy Ó Caoláin was speaking after the Taoiseach refused to repeat his pledge to end the trolley crisis.

He said;

“Sinn Féin has been saying for some time now that the government has no plan and no commitment to tackling the crisis in our health services.  The Taoiseach’s comments in today’s media confirm that view.

“In the same interview the Enda Kenny confirmed that his priority is to cut taxes and we all know that when Fine Gael cuts taxes it prioritises the mega rich above those on low and average incomes.

“Earlier this month Sinn Féin published its comprehensive health policy called ‘Better for Health - A Sinn Féin Plan for Universal Healthcare’.

“In it we give a cast iron guarantee to increase health spending year on year reaching an additional €3.3billion in year five of a government term to tackle the ongoing crisis and to move towards a publicly funded universal healthcare model.

“Enda Kenny would rather put that money in the pockets of the elites in this country and he as much as said so in his interview yesterday.

“That will be of little comfort to the more than 4,000 patients who have been languishing on trolleys in our hospitals in this month alone.”


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