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No evidence of Enda Kenny’s much vaunted recovery in Longford/Westmeath - Adams

11 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has hit out at the Government’s record on the Health Service.

Speaking in Mullingar where he was accompanied by Sinn Féin’s Longford/Westmeath candidate Paul Hogan, Gerry Adams said:

“There is not much evidence in Longford/Westmeath of Enda Kenny’s much vaunted recovery.

“There is a severe lack of jobs and investment in this constituency and a housing crisis.

“Fine Gael and Labour are presiding over a health service in chaos.

“The two tier public/private system is not working. People are paying more and getting less.

“Fine Gael and Labour have no solution for the crisis, which they and Fianna Fáil caused and which is devastating the lives of individuals and families. 

“Mullingar Regional Hospital has the third highest number of trolleys in the State.

“We have a disgraceful situation whereby the Mullingar A&E Department is forced to operate out of a Portakabin. Local people have described it as being like a war zone.

“Additionally, patient transport services for seriously ill patients here have been downgraded.

“Patients who have undergone very serious operations are being forced to travel to hospitals in Dublin on a minibus.

"In Government, Sinn Féin would increase spending on healthcare by €3.3 billion to move from a failing, two tier health system to universal healthcare.

“We would recruit 6,600 additional frontline health workers including nurses, midwives and consultants  and roll out free GP care and free prescriptions.

“The solution to the crisis in our health service is to end the the two-tier health system and to move to a patient centered universal healthcare system. That is what Sinn Féin will do.”

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