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Latest HSE employment moratorium show up so-called recovery – O’Reilly

19 May, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD and Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the suspension of recruitment in the HSE has shown up Fine Gael’s so-called recovery and demonstrates the urgent need for investment  in the public health service.

The Fingal TD said:

“The news today that the HSE has suspended all recruitment of staff is the latest demonstration of the utter contempt with which Fine Gael treats the public health service. By starving the HSE of the ability to recruit staff to open beds and ward and to start tackling the years long waiting lists, this Government is directly making the emergency in the health system worse.

“Sinn Fein identified €3.3bn which could be invested in the public health service to end the two-tier structure of our current model of healthcare and work towards universal healthcare. By not recklessly cutting the tax base to benefit the wealthiest in our society, we could instead hire 6,600 nurses, doctors, and dentists to ease the crisis of trollies and waiting lists in this country.

“The crisis in our emergency departments and for those stuck on waiting lists will not improve without recruitment. The Fine Gael Government and their independent cronies might be sharing around the spoils of the election tonight but they’re putting the quality of life and even the lives of the Irish people at risk.” 

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