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Time for an "honest debate" on the crisis in Healthcare - Maurice Quinlivan TD

20 March, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Deputy, Maurice Quinlivan has called for an "honest debate" on the crisis in our Healthcare system.

Citing the ongoing crisis in University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Deputy Quinlivan said;

"It is very clear that people are fed up of empty sound bites, and even emptier promises about how things will improve in the future.

"In 2004, then Minister for Health, Mary Harney declared a crisis in Healthcare. Thirteen years later the crisis continues, and if anything has since worsened."

In particular Deputy Quinlivan called on Fine Gael to stop promising to abolish the USC, whilst also promising to "fix" our Healthcare system.

The Deputy continued;

"We can have tax cuts or proper investment in our Healthcare system, but we can’t have both. It's time Fine Gael stopped playing fantasy economics with people's lives."

Deputy Quinlivan pointed to choices made by Fine Gael (and supported by Fianna Fáil) in the last budget.

He concluded;

"Fine Gael decided to cut Inheritance Tax, Capital Acquisitions Tax and USC even as patient numbers were hitting new record highs in UHL. These tax cuts- which primarily benefit the better off, were a political choice. The better choice would have been to increase investment in infrastructure and our public services, especially in healthcare.

"Sinn Fein will be holding a public meeting on our party's proposals to tackle this crisis next Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm in the Pery Hotel, Limerick, with our spokesperson on health, Louise O'Reilly."

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