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Healthcare tops agenda on Gerry Adams visit to the North East

27 April, 2007


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in Louth and Monaghan today (Friday 27th)  on the campaign trail with Arthur Morgan TD and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD.  Mr. Adams will visit Monaghan General Hospital and meet with representatives of the INO, the Psychiatric Nurses organisation and the Monaghan Hospital Community Alliance.  In Louth Mr. Adams will visit Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk where he will meet with management and health workers.

Speaking from Monaghan this morning Mr. Adams said:

“Delivering a strong public health system available to all on the basis of need alone would be Sinn Féin’s number one priority in government.  It is possible to provide properly equipped hospitals, care centres and step down facilities and acute bed facilities on the resources currently available. The problem is that the government is putting money in the wrong places and into the wrong hands.

"Up and down the 26 Counties people are fighting to retain services in local hospitals. They are being told these services are not viable. But if you are a private property speculator who wants to avoid tax by developing a private hospital you will get a massive tax break from this government no matter where you locate your private for profit facility.

"Every week this government is announcing policies that will reinforce the unfair and inefficient two-tier public private system. These resources should be used to build a localised health service, universally accessible by all on the basis of medical need.

"We are committed to using our expected increased political strength after the General Election to help bring this about.”ENDS

 

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