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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

Budget 2018 fails to fully commit to fund Sláintecare radical healthcare reform plan

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Budget 2018 falls very far short of what is needed to implement the Sláintecare health reform plan, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said today. Speaking immediately after the Budget was announced, Deputy Shortall said: “For the first time in history, the government had in front of it a fully costed plan for health reform put forward earlier this year with agreement of all political parties. What was needed today Read More

Movement on Sláintecare welcomed, but momentum must be maintained

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In a reply to a Dáil question this week, the Minister for Health further set out his plans for the implementation of the Sláintecare report. Róisín Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats today welcomed the news that the Government have committed to the setting up of an implementation office for Sláintecare. Deputy Shortall said: “While this is a significant step, it is important that the implementation office is independent Read More

Recovery, not containment, must be objective of drug treatment services

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Speaking this morning, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD called for “the principle of recovery to be put at the centre of drug treatment services.” Addressing the inaugural International Recovery Conference in Trinity College Dublin, Deputy Shortall outlined the value of moving beyond harm reduction and towards an approach that supports long term recovery from addiction. The conference has been organised by the Recovery Academy in Ireland. Deputy Shortall explained: Read More

Trolley crisis shows need for wholesale Sláintecare reform – not quick fix

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said that the disgracefully high number of patients on hospital trolleys can only be tackled once and for all with the wholesale overhaul of our health system as set out in the Sláintecare reform plan. Deputy Shortall said: “The summer is barely over and already we have record high numbers of patients waiting for admissions to beds, with 7,781 people on trolleys or Read More

No sense of urgency from Government about crisis in Health

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According to Social Democrats co-leader, Róisín Shortall TD, “today’s shocking hospital waiting lists of 687,000 people are a new record and represent a huge failing on the part of Government.  Providing a decent health service where people can get timely treatment, on the basis of need, is a basic requirement of any civilised country.  Yet for people who depend on the public health system, things are getting progressively worse by Read More