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Minister must act to stop HSE foot-dragging over release of CervicalCheck smears

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today called on the Minister for Health to intervene to compel the HSE to release smear slides to women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy so they can be independently reviewed. Deputy Shortall accused the HSE of deliberately delaying the release of the slides for review by independent cytologists by holding up a crucial protocol for their release. Deputy Shortall said: “The lack of urgency Read More

Government inaction on GP crisis means medical card holders denied basic services

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has strongly criticised Government inaction on the crisis in General Practice which means medical card patients are increasingly being refused access to basic GP services. Deputy Shortall said: “Today’s Sunday Business Post health feature clearly demonstrates that there is a very real crisis in General Practice where increasingly medical card patients are being refused access to a basic GP service. This has come about as a Read More

Response to record levels of hospital overcrowding too little too late

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has criticised the government’s belated efforts to tackle the ongoing crisis of hospital overcrowding which reached a new peak this week. Deputy Shortall was commenting on the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation which show that the number of people on trolleys and wards awaiting hospital beds has risen to a new high of 714. “The allocation last night of an Read More

Women’s Day highlights need to support Repeal referendum

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On International Women’s Day, the co-leaders of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD, have raised the need for more women to be involved in politics and urged people to support the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Deputy Shortall said: “International Women’s Day is an important occasion to celebrate women’s many achievements in different walks of life. This year is the 100th anniversary of women getting Read More

Record levels of hospital overcrowding predictable

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has described today’s record high levels of hospital overcrowding as disgraceful, predictable and avoidable. Deputy Shortall was commenting on figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which show that the number of people on trolleys and wards awaiting hospital beds has risen to a new high of 677. “This latest trolley crisis is a national disgrace and is intolerable for both patients and Read More

Opinion: Stop consultants gaming healthcare system

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It is beyond cruel to see in last night’s PrimeTime Investigates programme how the lives of public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded hospitals are being limited by pain, by anxiety, by the sheer misery of a system that fails them. While there is public shock and horror again at the revelations, anyone who knows anything how our public health system operates won’t be surprised at the abuse shown. Read More

PrimeTime Investigates revelations on hospital consultants a national scandal

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Róisín Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats, called the revelations in tonight’s Prime Time Investigates programme a ‘national scandal’. The programme revealed in the starkest terms how public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded hospitals face unnecessary delays, pain and suffering. Ms Shortall said: “As alarming as the programme’s findings are they will come as no surprise to anyone who has studied the accelerating collapse of our vital Read More

Is the government prepared to face down vested interests for radical Sláintecare health reforms?

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has strongly questioned the government’s commitment to fully implement Sláintecare, the fully costed ten-year health reform plan put forward by a cross-party Oireachtas committee. Speaking following a Dáil debate on the Sláintecare plan today, Deputy Shortall said she and other members of the Oireachtas committee which produced the Sláintecare report last May are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health to discuss Read More

Lack of integrity of hospital waiting lists must be urgently addressed

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Responding to this morning’s reports of significant delays uncovered by a National Treatment Purchase Fund audit of hospital waiting lists, co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall has said: “It is bad enough that there are now 685,000 people on public waiting lists for hospital services but the news this morning that these lists cannot be trusted and lack fairness and transparency is a matter of serious concern. It should Read More

No accountability until public health system disentangled from private medicine

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Accountability at both administrative and clinical levels in our hospitals will not happen until the public health system is disentangled from private medicine, Róisín Shortall TD told a major health conference this morning. In a keynote address at the second National Health Summit in Dublin, Deputy Shortall said the mixing of private incentive and public interest at the heart of our health system creates “an ungovernable twilight zone”. Deputy Shortall Read More