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Government’s legacy is a health service in chaos – Adams

27 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

 Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this afternoon said the Government’s legacy in health is a system in chaos and a litany of broken promises.

 Speaking during Leaders Questions, Teachta Adams told An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny that the Government’s long-term plan for health is to “heap even more chaos on a system that’s in bits”.

 Teachta Adams said:

 “The health service for which An Taoiseach is responsible is in utter chaos.

 “Last year was the worst year on record for patients having to face the indignity and turmoil of waiting on hospital trolleys, and the European Health Consumer Index published yesterday says the State has the worst emergency department waiting times in Europe.

 “The Taoiseach promised to fix our health service but he’s made it worse.

 “Yesterday alone, there were 517 citizens on trolleys in emergency departments.

 “The Government promised free GP care. They promised an end to prescription charges. They promised to abolish the HSE.

 “It’s been broken promise after broken promise.

 “Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour are all committed to a two-tier system dependent on a patient’s ability to pay and their location. The result is appalling and chaotic conditions that the Government have refused to address.

 “If patients were treated as citizens, then there would be an obligation to guarantee not just a right to proper healthcare, but a right to dignity and respect.

 “Of course, to do so you would require building a proper public health system, but the Government have refused to do that.

 “Minister Varadkar’s statements that universal insurance was never going to work, that CEOs of hospital groups should be allowed to transfer management of hospitals to private operators and that hospital groups should be able to conduct business in the same way as semi-state companies highlights the ideological position of the Government.

“Their aim, if re-elected, is to privatise healthcare and to heap even more chaos on a system that’s in bits.” 

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