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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

Questions remain about planned handover of maternity hospital to ‘parasitic’ private healthcare group

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Questions need to be answered about the planned handover of the new National Maternity Hospital to a private healthcare group currently under HSE audit, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall has said. Deputy Shortall said: “The corporate entity known as St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has been under audit by the HSE for some time now. There are clear concerns about the financial arrangements between the three hospitals in this group, in Read More

Plan to hand maternity hospital over to SVHG is not just wrong, it’s totally unworkable

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AFTER weeks of controversy and a Dáil debate, we are still no clearer about exactly why the Government is determined to spend €300m of public money on a new National Maternity Hospital which will be handed over entirely to the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, a private interest which happens to be owned and controlled by the Order of the Sisters of Charity. The report on the hospital deal, which was brokered Read More

Minister Harris has to answer questions over ownership and ethos of new national maternity hospital

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Social Democrat co-leader Róisín Shortall TD is calling for an immediate halt to the hand-over of the new National Maternity Hospital to a religious order and for full details of the agreement over its ownership and ethos to be published. Deputy Shortall said: “The decision about the ownership and governance of the new National Maternity Hospital was made in secrecy and lacks any transparency and public accountability. There are too many Read More

Why is the State building a €300million hospital and handing it over to a religious order?

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The move by the Minister for Health to give ownership of the new state-funded National Maternity Hospital to the Religious Sisters of Charity has been criticised as highly inappropriate and deeply insensitive by the co-leader of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD. Ms Shortall’s comments follow reports that the Department of Health has decided that the Sisters of Charity will be the “sole owner of the new hospital” which is Read More

More than 5,000 people on waiting lists for Home Care

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Róisín Shortall T.D., Social Democrats co-leader, reveals the extensive waiting lists for Home Help and Home Care Packages.. Following questions from Roísín Shortall, the HSE says that: ·         2,342 people were waiting for a Home Care Package at the 31st December ·         2,039 people were waiting for Home Help ·         800 people approximately are waiting for extra Home Help hours ·         40 people approximately are waiting for an Intensive Home Care Package In regional terms, Read More

Government must wake up to vast Home-Care shortages

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The Government must immediately address the funding shortage in home-care if its late conversion to the Right to Home-Care is to be believed, said Social Democrats T.D. Róisín Shortall. In advance of the Dáil debate on the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2016, Ms. Shortall said that services for older people have been neglected for many years. “There are particular shortages of home care in the South East and in Read More