Coveney and Varadkar must make commitment to addressing health crisis – O’Reilly
Speaking this afternoon, the Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD called on the prospective leaders of Fine Gael to give a guarantee that they will engage with all parties and social partners in finding solutions and commit to supporting and implementing the recommendations of the report on the future of healthcare if that Committees report receives consensus.
The Dublin Fingal TD said:
“Our health system is in continuous state of crisis and has been of some time. Due to the failures of success Governments, and in particular due to the abysmal failure of Leo Varadkar when Minister for Health, our health service has continued to dramatically deteriorate for patients and for staff.
“Since they entered Government, Fine Gael have shown they have neither the imagination, the ambition, nor the progressive ideas to address the crisis in the health service. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is scant information in Minister Coveney and Minister Varadkar’s leadership ‘manifestos’ as to how they will tackle the crisis.
“There has been no pledge to address the immediate problems for patients of the trolley crisis and surgery waiting list, amongst others, nor has there been a commitment to address key issues for staff, such as working conditions, facilities, supports, training opportunities, and pay.
“Neither of these men have anything of substance to say to healthcare professionals either, beyond banning their recourse to defend themselves through striking against the continued attacks of Fine Gael on their pay and conditions.
“Both men must immediately outline their plans for addressing the crisis in our health service as a matter for urgency.”