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Minister reinforces policy of private privilege in healthcare – Louise O’Reilly TD

22 March, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has described as “a smokescreen” the health minister’s proposed eight-point-plan for structural reform of the health services.

Deputy O’Reilly said the Minister’s statement in the future of healthcare committee this morning reinforced Fine Gael’s ideology of private privilege over public investment in the health services.

Speaking at Leinster House Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The chaos in our health system requires radical reform and investment. We need solutions, not mere tinkering around the edges.

“What the Minister is proposing today is little more than a smokescreen for Fine Gael’s privatisation agenda that awards privilege over need.

“The key issue that everyone is missing here is capacity. Our hospitals and services are all but crumbling due to lack of capacity, lack of staff, lack of investment. Minister Harris talks tough but is clearly out of his depth and lacking in vision to fix our broken health services.

“Sinn Féin wants to end the chaos in our hospitals. We want to end the scandal of children waiting years on vital operations. We want to end the chaos in our A&E wards and we have shown how we would do this in our ‘Better4Health’ document.

“Sinn Féin has the solutions to the health crisis.  It will mean major investment over the coming years and an end to the subsidisation of the private sector.

"We must prioritise this because we cannot stand over a system that fails cancer patients, women and children, that leaves our sick and elderly on hospital trolleys and over 600,000 patients languishing on waiting lists many in chronic pain.”

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