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FF/PD Government has failed miserably on health - Mobilise for Health Rally on 21 October

14 October, 2006

The opinion poll in today's Irish Times shows clearly that people recognise that the Fianna Fáil/PD Government has failed miserably in the delivery of healthcare and other key public services, according to Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. He stated:


"By far the most significant result of this poll is that a clear majority of those surveyed prioritise the delivery of public services, notably healthcare. There is a widespread recognition that this Fianna Fáil/PD Government has failed miserably to provide the world class health service it has repeatedly promised to the people. Far from such a service we have hospitals in continuing crisis, inadequate primary care and mental health services little better than ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" >Third World standard.


"This Government's health policy is in tatters. The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and the Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive Professor Brendan Drumm have publicly disagreed over the number of additional hospital beds we need. The Minister claims they want to deliver the promised 3,000 additional beds; Professor Drumm claims this number is not needed. How can the A&E crisis be addressed this coming winter if the Government and HSE cannot even decide between them how many more beds are needed?


"Next Saturday 21 October Sinn Féin is giving people the opportunity to take to the streets to demand the Right to Healthcare. I urge everybody to mobilise for that event, to come along on the day and to join in the demand for a health service that treats everybody on the basis of need alone." ENDS


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