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US health swindle shows folly of Harney privatisation - Ó Caoláin

3 August, 2006

The links between private hospital developers in Ireland and the US private
health business which is mired in fraud highlight the folly of Tánaiste and
Minister  for  Health  and  Children  Mary  Harney’s  privatisation  policy
according  to  Sinn  Féin  Dáil leader and Health and Children spokesperson
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD.

Ó  Caoláin  was  commenting  on  revelations  about the links between Triad Hospitals  which  is  to run the new Beacon Hospital in South County Dublin
and  its  subsidiary  company  Quorum  which is facing fraud charges in the
United States in a case filed by the US Government in February 2006.

Deputy  Ó  Caoláin said, “Fraud by private health corporations in the US is
widespread.  Among those involved have been Quorum which is a subsidiary of
Triad.   Triad  is  the  company which is set to run the new Beacon private
hospital  in South County Dublin.  It has been reported that Triad has also
made  bids to run six of the eleven private hospitals to be built on public
hospital sites under the Tánaiste’s privatisation scheme.

“The US experience reinforces what Sinn Féin and people across the health
sector in Ireland have being saying when we deplored the massive amounts of
public money being poured into the private health business by this FF/PD
Government.” ENDS

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