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Chaos in health is putting lives at risk - Adams

17 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this evening slammed the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for overseeing a health service in chaos that is costing lives and putting more lives at risk.

Responding to revelations of twelve cases of bowel cancer misdiagnosis, including one possible tragic fatality, in Wexford General Hospital, the Sinn Féin Leader said:

“I visited Wexford General Hospital just three weeks ago. The staff members there do an incredible job in the face of a lack of political leadership in the Department of Health and a lack of resources in our health system.

“The Government has presided over five years of chaos in health that may have tragically resulted in the death of a man as a result of cancer misdiagnosis and I extend my deepest sympathies to his loves ones at this time. My thoughts are also with the eleven other individuals affected and their families.

“I have consistently challenged the Taoiseach in the Dáil on the state of the health service and every time get the same stonewalled answer that everything will be fine. Well it’s clearly not.

“Tragedies like this happen because of a two-tier health service - the result of the Government's pursuit of privatisation of health, when it refuses to provide hospitals with the resources they need and because the Minister responsible refuses to acknowledge that problems in the health service need to be addressed.” 

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