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"Cancer figures damning indictment of our two tier health service" - Ní Riada

4 February, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada, has called for a major upgrading of Cancer treatment and services across Ireland, after stark figures were released today, a day which also happens to be World Cancer Day.

Speaking from Cork whilst on the campaign trail for the general elections and highlighting the atrocious successive governments have had on the quality of health services, Ní Riada said;

"30% of all deaths in Ireland are due to cancer, compared to 26% across the EU - the third highest in Europe, figures compiled by Eurostat reveal. This is worrying news and a damning indictment of our health services.

"Cancer can be treated once it is diagnosed early, however, the two tier access to hospital care that exists in Ireland could be seen as contributing factors to these stark figures.

"The waiting lists, the trolley crisis and the growing costs of GP care and prescriptions are literally placing Irish citizens in dire situations in terms of their health.

"Sinn Féin has vowed to increase spending on healthcare by €3.3 billion and recruit 6,600 additional frontline health workers including nurses, midwives and consultants, which would help close the cancer gap.

"Cancer mortality rates in Ireland are at unprecedented levels and forecasted to increase in the future, this trend needs to be stopped.

"The successive Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil´s governments have shown gross incompetency in this regard, however, Sinn Féin in government will ensure our policies support such research and provision, and that we will invest in a decent public health system that the people deserve.

"As the General Election campaign is underway, I would call on all candidates and parties to ensure this is enshrined in their policies. Not just today, World Cancer Day, but every day." ENDS

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