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92,998 patients on trolleys in 2015; result of two tier health service - Cllr Darren O'Rourke

12 February, 2016 - by Darren O'Rourke


Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Darren O'Rourke has said the 92,998 patients on trolleys in 2015 were as a result of the Governments ideological commitment to private health care. 

Speaking today, Cllr O'Rourke said,

“Labour broke pledges to reform the HSE, to bring in universal health insurance and free prescriptions, and to protect child benefit and disability allowance.

“Now, two weeks before they face the electorate, they suddenly remember all their 2011 promises and set out to promise them again in an attempt to save their own necks.

“During the first leaders debate of the election Joan Burton said to the Irish people: the crisis is over. It was a staggering piece of arrogance and self-delusion

“Labour claim they are committed to ending the two-tier healthcare service – a service they created. 

“This two tier system is why we had 92,998 patients on trolleys in 2015 - a 37% increase from 2013. 

Continuing the Meath East Candidate said,

“Whenever Labour are challenged on their failure to keep to any of their promises they repeatedly claim they were not given the mandate to do so and had to work with Fine Gael who were opposed to their plans.

“They were ineffective in the previous coalition and if returned we’ll see a repeat of that ineffectiveness. That is the one promise they are capable of keeping.

“Sinn Féin has a different vision. We are committed to fully free healthcare. We are committed to increasing capacity. We are committed to prioritising mental healthcare.  

“We are the only party with a plan for a fair recovery, and the only party with credible costed policies to deal with the health crisis and deliver quality public services.” ENDS

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