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Hospital survey shows failure of Harney’s health policies

3 January, 2007

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the HSE and the Health Minister Mary Harney to take note of the findings of an online survey which rates hospitals in throughout the state. Deputy Ó Caoláin was speaking today after the website released the results of a survey of 4,200 patients and relatives in which some very stark comments and revelations were made about many accident and emergency departments.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The HSE and the Health Minister Mary Harney must stand up and take note of this survey. Some of the comments and revelations about the accident and emergency departments in the state are very stark indeed. They reflect the harsh reality for hundreds of unfortunate accident and emergency patients every day.

"The Minister cannot side-step this survey by claiming that the comments are anonymous and unverified as the HSE have attempted to do. If she believes there is no problem in the worst rated hospitals in this survey then I suggest she simply takes the time to make unannounced visits to these hospitals and see for herself.

"The problems highlighted in this survey are a direct result of under investment in the public health system and the promotion of the flawed and unfair two-tier system. Mary Harney would rather give land on public hospital grounds to private profit driven hospital developers than invest in the public healthcare system. This survey shows that her policies are having a detrimental impact on hospitals throughout this state." ENDS

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