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Government privitisation agenda for health must be halted - Ó Caoláin

8 June, 2007


Speaking today from Leinster House Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said he fully supported The Adelaide Hospital Society and Jesuit Centre of Faith statement that hospital co-location will deepen the inequity in the health service.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Sinn Féin’s ‘Healthcare is a Right’ campaign and policy document have advocated a universal health system for Ireland that provides care to all free at the point of delivery, on the basis of need alone, and funded by public monies.

“The Adelaide Hospital Society and the Jesuit Centre have today made four key demands of government with regard to the delivery of healthcare; an end to privitisation, the extension of medical card eligibility, greater medical accountability and a political commitment to end health equality.

“Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned against a two-tiered health service. We have promoted the provision of full medical cards to all under the poverty line and the under 18s. We have also called for a Health Ombudsman whose remit would be to ensure a quick and less expensive resolution of medical disputes.

"Building private hospitals on public land will not deliver a health service based on equality and need. It will instead take essential services, personnel and land out of the public system and ensure access to healthcare is linked to location and income. Sinn Féin remains politically committed to campaigning for the delivery of a universal publicly funded first world health service.” ENDS

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