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Tinkering around edges of Health service ‘not good enough’ – Mitchell

30 May, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said that the Health service is in a perpetual state of crisis because the Government does not have to courage to take a radically different approach, and instead has consigned itself to tinkering around the edges.

Speaking during a Dáil debate on the issue of Waiting Lists, Deputy Mitchell said:

“In May, there were 666,000 people on hospital waiting lists. That’s 58,000 more than at the time this Government was formed. The public are sick and tired of listening to Fine Gael platitudes that they are ‘working on it’ while waiting lists grow, and pressure continues to pile onto our frontline workers.

“We need real investment in Health, and a focus on hiring and retaining more doctors and nurses. The failed two-tier healthcare model needs to go. The priority must be that our citizens get the best treatment available. Treatment should not depend on how much somebody has in their pocket.

“The current Health system must be overhauled. If the political will is there, a new Universal Health Care system can be realised in this State.” 

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