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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

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