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McDonald puts property developers on notice that Sinn Féin in government will not implement flawed hospital co-location policy

31 March, 2007

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald speaking as dozens of Sinn Féin protests are taking place in counties across Ireland against the government's hospital co-location policy said:

"In the final days of this government Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats are trying to force through a scheme that will see the two-tier system reinforced. Those with enough money will be guaranteed instant access to private hospitals built with State aid on public land while public patients suffer and die on waiting lists and in queues.

"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the government's plan to allocate land at public hospital sites to private for profit hospitals.  And we are totally opposed to public money, in the form of massive tax breaks, going towards the privatisation of our health services. 

“Today I want to put the property developers tendering for these private for profit hospitals on notice that if Sinn Féin is in government following the General Election we will not allow this policy to be implemented. 

“Every cent of Government health funding should be invested in the public system where there is access on the basis of medical need alone.”ENDS.

Among the activities taking place today are:

Kerry - Leaflet distribution in the main towns and a white line picket

Cork - A picket & leaflet distribution - Cork University Hospital/Wilton Shopping Centre
Mayo - Protest at Castlebar Hospital.
Donegal - Leafleting and protest at Letterkenny Hospital
Monaghan – protest 12noon at courthouse in Monaghan Town

Louth - public meeting in Dundalk Town Hall on Friday night

Meath – Publicity around Navan Hospital – events in Kells, Castlepollard and Delvin

Crumlin Children's Hospital from 12pm
James Connolly Hospital from 11am (proposed co-location site)
Tallaght Hospital from 11.30am  (proposed co-location site)
Loughlinstown Hospital  from 2.30pm
Donaghmede Shopping Centre from 1pm (Beaumont Hospital proposed co-location site)

Events took place in Wexford and Limerick during the week.

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