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Successful public meetings put health firmly on political agenda in Wicklow – John Brady TD

3 March, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow has said that successful public meetings held in Arklow and Baltinglass in recent weeks have put health firmly on the political agenda in Wicklow.

Teachta Brady said:

“We cannot ignore the fact that there is significant unrest within the current two-tiered health system, where money buys you quicker access to many services.

“Wicklow is no exception to the health crisis that has gripped the State across all sectors for far too many years. This was evident in the crowds that attended both public meetings.

“The purpose of these meetings was to hear the views of the people of Arklow, Baltinglass and surrounding areas as part of Sinn Féin's nationwide engagement on our plans for a National Health Service.

“The concerns coming out from these meetings were loud and clear – the lack of a 24/7 ambulance service in the area, growing outpatient waiting lists, the lack of facilities at primary care level and the continued impact being felt on the back of the closure by Fine Gael of Loughlinstown A&E.

"We have almost 10,000 people in Wicklow who are on waiting lists for procedures and they join an already very long and lengthy wait for these procedures.

“The absence of a 24/7 ambulance service in both Arklow and Baltinglass is extremely worrying and this is something I have raised with Minister Harris and I will continue to do so. I have also launched an online petition calling on the Minister to ensure a 24/7 ambulance service for the area and I urge people to sign this.

“Sinn Féin wants to create a universal healthcare system, an Irish National Health service by national consensus in order to ensure that every citizen is guaranteed health care.”

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