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McDonald launches Sinn Féin's Pledge-Card on Healthcare

30 March, 2007


The Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle today held a special one day meeting to discuss final preparations for the upcoming General Elections in the 26 Counties and ongoing work in relation to the re-establishment of the power-sharing institutions in the north.  Outside the GPO after the meeting, as part of Sinn Féin’s week long Healthcare for All campaign, Party Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald was joined by Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to launch Sinn Féin’s Pledge-Card on Healthcare.

 

Ms. McDonald said, “Sinn Féin is committed to the notion of healthcare as a right as opposed to the current Government’s view of healthcare as a commodity.  This is one area in which we differ from the other parties.

 

“We want to see the establishment of a properly funded public healthcare system free at the point of delivery and on the basis of need alone regardless of the ability to pay.  To see this achieved we are setting out our commitments now.  If in Government after the election in the summer Sinn Féin pledges to:

 

  1. End the two-tier health service
  2. All public money to be spent in the public health system only
  3. Provide 3,000 extra acute hospital beds
  4. Reverse cutbacks in local hospital services
  5. Regionalise radiotherapy services
  6. Provide preventative screening programmes
  7. Implement a robust plan to eradicate MRSA
  8. Ensure better terms and conditions for nurses
  9. A medical card for every child under the age of 18
  10. Ring-fence at least 12% of health budget for mental health services

 

ENDS

 

For immediate release- 30 Márta 2007

 

Seolann Mc Donald FPE cárta gealltanas sláinte SF

 

Inniu , bhí crinniú speisialta ag an Ard Chomhairle chun ullmhúcháin a dhéanamh don olltoghchán sna 26 contae agus an obair maidir leis an athbhunú institiúidí cumhachtroinnt sna 6 contae a chur i bhfeidhm.

 

Taobh amuigh den GPO, de thairbhe feachtas 'sláinte do chách', sheol Mary Lou Mc Donald FPE, Uachtarán Shinn Féin, Gerry Adams BP agus Martin Mc Guinness BP a gcárta gealltanas sláinte SF.

 

Dúirt Mary Lou Mc Donald, 'Creideann Sinn Féin gur ceart é an cúram sláinte in ionad barúil an rialtais gur earra é an curam sláinte. Ar an ábhar seo is pairtí eile ar fad muid.'

 

Éilionn muid córas sláinte maoinithe saor agus bunaithe ar riachtanais in ionad airgead agus brabús. Seo an fath go bhfuil muid ag seoladh ar ngealltanais. Dá mbeadh SF sa rialtas ina dhiaidh an toghchán geallann SF na pointí seo a leanas:

 

1-Cuir deireadh leis an corás dhá shraith
2-Aon airgead poiblí le caitheamh sa chorás sláinte poibhlí amhain
3-Chun soláthar do 3000 leaba d'oispidéil ghéarmhíochaine
4-Ciorraithe i seirbhisí ospidéil áitiúil a fhreaschur
5-Seirbhisí radaiteiripe a réigiúnú
6-Soláthar do chláranna scagadh coisctheacha
7-Plean straitéiseach chun MRSA a dhíothú
8-Téarmaí agus coinníollacha níos fearr do bhanaltraí
9-Cártaí leighis d'achan páiste faoi 18 a chur i gcrích
10-12% den bhuiséad sláinte a chosaint le haghaidh cúram sláinte meabhrach.'

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