30 November 2015
By Tom O’Sullivan
“The mismanagement of the Healthcare System by the Government”
Those are the words of Cork Sinn Fein.
The party organised a Nationwide set of demonstrations on Saturday 28th, including an action at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork organised by Sinn Féin Republican Youth.
Speaking following the protest, Sinn Féin General Election Candidate, Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, said that the Government was not serious about tackling the crisis.
“Our health service is on the brink. The system has become characterised by persistent overcrowding, massive waiting lists and appalling conditions for patients and frontline staff alike.
“Enda Kenny and local FG TDs Jerry Buttimer, Simon Coveney came to government came to power stating that it would end the scandal of patients lying on trolleys. It has only gone bad to worse over the five years that Fine Gael and the Labour Party have been in office.
“The decision of A&E nurses to vote in favour of embarking on industrial action in the lead-up to Christmas, highlights the chaos in the health sector. They feel they are being overstretched, they are under severe pressure. According to the INMO, staff levels have been decimated. The nurses are telling the government that it is impossible to provide a safe level of care to patients. These are not the words of Sinn Féin – they are the words of the professionals.”
“The INMO have been highlighting serious concern with management for some time. But nursing levels continue to fall – the situation continues to deteriorate.”
“Having abandoned their plan for universal health, and having pursued a policy of underfunding and under-resourcing, it is clear the Government have no real vision for the healthcare system. This is illustrated by the huge spend on agency staff with 3.9m being spent this year in CUH and 2.2 in the mercy, enormous sums.”
“The Government is not serious about tackling this crisis, and the evidence of that is to be seen in the recent Budget, which saw only an additional €18m invested, at a time when pursuing tax cuts for higher earners. SF would have invested €383m and plan on taking on 2,500 Nurses Midwives and Consultants over five years.”
“We are carrying out this demonstration demanding a healthy policy centred on investment and a commitment to high quality public services”