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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

We need a ‘fair deal’ for home care packages

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Roísín Shortall TD, co-leader of Social Democrats, has called for a legal entitlement to have a Home Care package, citing the lack of respect for older people in the current healthcare system as a fundamental reason for a total overhaul of the system. “We need a ‘fair deal’ for home care packages. The dire shortage of home help and home care supports to enable older people to live independently in Read More

HSE Memo Indicative of an Inhumane Attitude to Patients and Seeks to Place Nurses in an Impossible Position

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Social Democrats T.D. Róisín Shortall has expressed serious concern about the contents of a HSE memo which has been highlighted by RTE. The new memo, it is reported,  provides direction to nurses in acute hospitals in respect of the handling of public patients who have completed the acute phase of their treatment. It instructs nurses on the “removal of patients from beds”, using “minimal force”. Disgracefully, it refers to such Read More

Róisín raises disgraceful bin charge hikes in the Dail

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New regulations to change to pay-by-weight bin charges were signed by then Minister, Alan Kelly, in January of this year. At the time he heralded it as a saving for 87% of customers. This is proving to be far from reality. Bin companies have not only changed to pay-by-weight, but have also introduced massive increases in service charges. These sneaky charges will mean huge price hikes for customers. Minister Coveney must Read More

Dáil agrees new Health Committee on the future of Irish Healthcare

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Earlier this month, the Social Democrats initiated a cross-party motion on Health Reform. The idea is to set up a special committee of the Dáil to try to reach political agreement on a model of care and funding for the next 10 years and end the two-tier nature of our health services. This will give certainty to health care managers and staff and allow for far better health-care planning. 89 Read More

Abandonment of FG’s Universal Health Insurance plans was always on the cards

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Press Statement on the abandonment of plans for Universal Health Insurance   The commitment to a system of Universal Health Insurance based on the Fine Gael Fair-Care policy was never a feasible proposition. Rather than facing up to that fact early in the life-time of the Government, the Cabinet seemed happy to accept the Minister for Health’s assurances on the viability of the plan. The result is that the past Read More

Huge Increases in Local Hospital Waiting lists

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Waiting lists at each of the four main Northside hospitals skyrocketed in the past year according to figures released this week by the National Treatment Purchase Fund. The figures show that Between February last year and February this year Beaumont Hospital’s waiting list grew by 23%, Cappagh was up 58%, Mater was up 40% and James Connolly Memorial was up 20%. The total now waiting for our four local hospitals Read More

Axing of Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership is another nail in the coffin of local community services

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The decision this week to axe Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership is an outright attack on local communities. Following a tender competition, the contract for services has been awarded to the Tolka Area Partnership. Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership has been a key driver of progress before and since the Ballymun regeneration project. It provides absolutely vital services to Ballymun, Santry, Whitehall and parts of Ballygall and has underpinned a lot of the work of several Read More