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All-party health committee a positive, yet overdue idea – Ó Caoláin

1 June, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has welcomed the prospect of a Special All-Party Committee to develop a single long term vision plan for healthcare, saying that it is a positive step, albeit one that should have been taken a long time ago.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“I welcome this motion to establish a Special All-Party Committee to develop a single long term vision plan for healthcare. This is a positive step, albeit one that should have been taken a long time ago.

“For too long, our health system has been in crisis.

“This crisis can be boiled down to two key failings on the part of successive governments: firstly, an extreme depth of fundamental inequality in how patients are treated, differentiated on ability to pay and location; and secondly, the sheer incapacity of the system to deal with even demographic pressures, evidenced particularly in our Emergency Departments and maternity care.

“Sinn Féin have long been committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation.

“We are dedicated to the provision of healthcare services and social care services as a right, with equal access for all based on need and to the greatest extent that resources allow. This right is especially relevant for older people and the provision of supports for older people is becoming increasingly important as our population ages.

“I hope that the establishment of this committee will not simply provide a talking shop but rather a gathering of people with ideas, vision, and most importantly, solutions, to bring about the changes that are so desperately required in our health system today.” 

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