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O'Brien - Make Health Care for All - Not for the Few

7 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Cork North Central candidate Cllr. Jonathan O Brien today called on the HSE to invest their funds in developing a health services in Cork for all the people of Cork and not in to a two tier health system. The public health system should be put first and no new finances used to subsidise the private health care business.

Reacting to a report in the Irish Medical Times Cllr Jonathan O Brien said: "I am shocked to see reports that the HSE is considering investing 15 million euro in a site to build a private hospital adjacent to Cork University Hospital."

"This is a shocking if it is true. We need an efficient health system available to all the people of Cork, not more investment in a super system for the well off and a second rate system for the rest of us."

"The government, at a time of economic boom, has failed to provide healthcare for us all and is now turning its back on the public health provision. They are providing massive tax breaks to developers of private hospitals and giving them public land to build on. It is noticeable that Mary Harney, the Minister for Health cannot find time to attend the nurse‚s conference but has used every opportunity to promote the growth of the private healthcare industry.

"I am calling on the HSE not to spend its money on this site adjacent to CUH. Fifteen million euro would be far better spent on the dealing with the present gaps in services for the people of Cork. We need proper cancer services, proper services for diabetics, adequate care facilities for those who do not require full hospital care, a dedicated ambulance service for the North Side ˆ the list that goes on and on due to under funding.

"On this the anniversary of the proclamation let us put the health needs of the people of Cork first, not the needs of those who make their money out of private health care."ENDS

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