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Sinn Fein in Dublin South East launch Healthcare Matters Campaign-Doolan

13 May, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, announced the launch of a comprehensive, "healthcare survey for Dublin South East as part of our constituency wide Healthcare Matters campaign."

Speaking today at the launch in Pearse Street, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Healthcare, or the lack of it, is the single biggest concern facing the public today. As part of Sinn Fein's national campaign we are launching a major and comprehensive healthcare survey. We are going to do a door-to-door survey asking people what their health priorities are, engage with the public on the issue of supplying free health care to all and discussing the option of establishing a series of local health centres providing primary healthcare across Dublin‚s southside.

Next week I will be meeting GP's to enlist their support, I have also been in discussions with both SIPTU & INO and I look forward to meeting healthcare staff in both National Maternity Hospital Holles Street and St Vincent‚s Hospital. Elm Park.

It is absolutely and utterly unacceptable that the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, continues to promote and drive her agenda of privatising our healthcare system while the public continue to suffer in silence and are forced to await treatment for days on hospital trolleys. Our tax money must redirected away form lining the pockets of the private consultants towards providing free healthcare for all ant the point of delivery. That is what Sinn Fein policy is about, the delivery of accessible, quality free healthcare to all.

Here on Dublin‚s southside we intend to bring that call to the public, the GPs and those on the front line in our hospitals. And I have every confidence we will receive the support necessary to assist us in making that demand a reality."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan demanded the Minister for Health to, "either deliver a healthcare system that works for all or be delivered out of office sooner that she thinks." ENDS

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