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Fine Gael sacrificing patient care to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy - Ó Caoláin

2 February, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has accused Fine Gael of sacrificing GP care for patients in order to give tax breaks to the top earners in the country.

Speaking today after Health Minister Leo Varadkar said free GP Care is no longer something Fine Gael is promising if re-elected, Deputy Ó Caoláin said this is yet another broken promise from Fine Gael.

He said;

“Free GP Care was one main plank of Fine Gael’s 2011 election campaign alongside universal health insurance and an end to the hospital trolley scandal.

“These are all now broken promises and, furthermore, Fine Gael is no longer promising to deliver on these commitments even if re-elected in this election.

“What they have committed to however is tax cuts for high earners.

“Fine Gael is now sacrificing patient care in order to pay for tax cuts for the highest earners in the country.  That’s what they offer ordinary people in this election.

“Sinn Féin has a different plan.  We have a plan to develop a universal healthcare system including the delivery of free GP care for 250,000 people each year of a full five year term of office moving to universal cover over two terms.

“This means using the available fiscal space for a major programme of investment into the health services.  That is Sinn Féin’s plan and Sinn Féin’s commitment.”

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