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Health apartheid alive and well under Fine Gael minority Government – Cullinane

13 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking today at a Sinn Féin conference on health in Kilkenny, the party’s Public Expenditure spokesperson David Cullinane TD said health apartheid is alive and well under this Fine Gael led Government.

Deputy Cullinane said it is clear that people are denied proper health care based on geography and ability to pay. He said the current two tier health service is failing patients.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Our current two-tier, inequitable, crisis ridden health service is failing patients. This failure is not by accident, but by design. It is a product of an ideologically driven Government with an ideologically driven Minister for Health.

“Fine Gael believes in health apartheid. They refuse to properly resource our public health services by stripping it of capacity. They favour private investment over the public good.

“They care little for patients on trolleys or those languishing on long waiting lists. They care little as patients in the South East still travel for emergency cardiac care. They care little as beds are closed in public hospitals due to a lack of front line staff. They are aided and abetted by Fianna Fáil and the Independent Alliance.

“This is a Government wedded to tax cuts and privatisation. Sinn Féin is arguing for investment in our public services and for a single tier Universal Public Health System. We will dismantle the current two-tier system and incrementally reform and invest in our public services. Only a Sinn Féin Minister for Health will deliver the change necessary.” 

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