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Sinn Féin ensures that Future of Healthcare will be a National Health Service – O'Reilly

30 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this morning before the launch of Committee on the Future of Healthcare report, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that Ireland needs and deserves a National Health Service; free at the point of delivery, where people are treated on the basis of health need and not on their ability to pay.

The Fingal TD said that immediate action and implementation is needed now by Government to build a truly public health service that safeguards the rights of patients and those working in our health service.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The Committee on the Future of Healthcare was tasked with a daunting challenge; to draft a document that would form the basis of where we need to move our health service into the next ten years.

“It offers a radical shift in the direction of healthcare in this country from one that has been pushed in the direction of privatisation towards a truly public health service.

“It is Sinn Féin’s firm belief that Ireland needs and deserves a National Health Service; free at the point of delivery, where people are treated on the basis of health need and not on their ability to pay.

“The Government needs to start implementing the recommendations of this report from today. We cannot afford to dither and reanalyse something which has been the subject of a year’s work already, nor do we need a situation where we have a report on another report. What is needed is immediate action and implementation given the depth of work that has already been done.

“To this end, we believe it of paramount importance that we reached an agreement with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to phase out private operating from public hospitals.

“Other notable successes of the report are the introduction of the ‘Cárta Sláinte’ which will ensure access to all publicly funded health and social care services, universal social care (in particular services for people with disabilities), the introduction of salaried GPs to ensure that rural and deprived urban areas don't go without a GP, the establishment of a single integrated waiting list management system, additional funding for mental health services, an additional 900 generalist nurses to work in the community, and a doubling of the health and wellbeing budget over a 10 year period, amongst more commitments.

“For Sinn Féin, this is just the start; we have many more progressive ideas and we will continue to put them forward and champion the rights of patients and those working in our health service.”

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