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Disastrous co-location plan being forced through without mandate – Ó Caoláin

20 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has condemned Health Minister Mary Harney for sending out tenders to build six private hospitals on the grounds of existing public hospitals. Deputy Ó Caoláin said Minister Harney has no mandate for her disastrous co-location plan and must not now force it through in the dying days of this Government.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The coalition Government has no mandate for Minister Harney's disastrous co-location plan as it appeared in neither the Fianna Fáil nor the PD 2002 election manifesto. By sending out tenders for six of the proposed sites Minister Harney is shamefully forcing this plan through in the dying days of this Government.

"The co-location plan is ill-conceived, developer driven and destined to reinforce the unequal and unfair two tier health system. In order to benefit private profiteers for whom healthcare is a lucrative business the Government is going to tie the hands of the State with contracts. Public land and public money in the form of tax breaks will be going towards the privatisation of our health services. This is totally unacceptable.

"I want to make it clear that Sinn Féin in Government will scrap this disastrous plan." ENDS

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