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Health service will continue to be underfunded - Adams

16 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Raising the HSE’s proposed spending plan for 2016 in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said that that citizens are sick and tired of the Government making a mockery of the health service by failing to adequately resource the HSE.

Addressing An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Teachta Adams said:

“Yesterday the Health Minister went to the Cabinet to propose the HSE’s spending plan for 2016. From what we know about this plan so far, our health services will continue to be drastically underfunded.

“One of the big ideas proposed by Minister Varadkar was based on the assumption that 125,000 medical cards will not be required next year, but the Cabinet later arrived at a figure of 50,000. Did the Cabinet pull numbers out of a hat? Is that they came up with the figure?

“It’s little wonder that the head of the HSE recently acknowledged that ‘there is no plan, no money and no vision for the health service’.

“The Government’s apparent intention is to maintain existing health service levels, albeit with less money. That’s just not credible. Existing service levels mean 331 people lying on trolleys in A&E departments this morning. The Minister’s proposals, accepted by the Government, envisage continued waiting lists, the capping of the Fair Deal scheme, continued trolley waits and more waiting lists for home help hours.

“People are sick and tired of empty promises. In 2007, Fine Gael pledged to end the scandal of patients on trolleys. In 2011, they promised to end the two-tier system of unequal access to healthcare. I’m sure we can expect more promises as the General Election looms. But a Fine Gael promise in January will be the same as Fine Gael promise today, or a Fine Gael promise yesterday - absolutely worthless.”

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