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Crowe opposes land give away at Tallaght Hospital

11 August, 2006


Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has called on Health Minister Mary to abandon her plan to give land at Tallaght Hospital to private developers. Deputy Crowe said, "The land at Tallaght Hospital was acquired through the good work of the hospital trust, from public fundraisers and charities and from money from the Irish taxpayer and should not now be handed over to a private company to build for a private for-profit hospital.

He said, "Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the plan by Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney to provide land at public hospital sites to developers to build private for-profit hospitals. Under the Tánaiste's plan developers are queuing to snap up land at public hospital sites to build private hospitals. As well as gaining access to this land, the developers will reap the existing massive tax breaks for developers of private hospitals. €37 million has been lost to the exchequer by the Government on tax breaks for private hospitals up to February this year. That is money that could have been spent on badly needed enhanced services.

"The Tánaiste's plan is not based on any assessment of health needs but is driven by the profit motive of developers. It will enrich the burgeoning private health industry and reinforce the two-tier system. It is ill-conceived, an unfair and inefficient use of public money and is ultimately doomed to failure from a public health point of view.

"The land at Tallaght Hospital was acquired through the good work of the hospital trust, from public fundraisers and charities and from money from the Irish taxpayer and should not now be handed over to a private company to build for a private for-profit hospital.

"We are calling for all Government health spending to be devoted solely and exclusively to the public healthcare system with equal access for all. We want to see an end to the public/private two-tier apartheid system in the health services." ENDS

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