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Forum on Universal Health Insurance

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 05:18 PM

Deputy Jan O'Sullivan - Spokesperson on Health
Spokesperson on Health

Over the next couple of weeks we will be hosting two public forums, one to be held this weekend entitled 'Universal Health Insurance' and the next on February 9th entitled 'Unite 4 our planet' which asks if an integrated approach can help tackle climate change (more on that later in this post).

This weekend's forum will be chaired by our Health Spokesperson Deputy Jan O'Sullivan in Dublin's Mansion House beginning at 10.30am and finishing up at 1.30pm.

The forum will be of particular relevance to anybody with an interest in or involved with the health services.

Despite additional spending and significant administrative change, the Irish health system remains in crisis. First proposed by the Labour Party in 2001, universal health insurance is increasingly being seen as the only way to achieve a better, more efficient and fairer health system.

'Universal Health Insurance - an idea whose time has come' forum aims to address these questions and to progress the debate about an idea whose time has come. Speakers will address the question as to how universal health insurance could be the answer to the seemingly intractable problems in Ireland's health system and how it could be implemented.

The speakers on the day include Maev-Ann Wren, economist and author; Liam Doran, General Secretary of the Irish Nurses' Organisation and John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist.

If you would like to attend this event please confirm by emailing [email protected]

Unite 4 Our Planet

Unite 4 Our Planet will also take place in the Mansion House from 10.30am until 3.30pm on February 9th.

Labour's Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Liz McManus said: "Global warming cannot be compartmentalised into one or two neat departments at Government level. If we are to make meaningful cuts in our greenhouse has emissions, we need a whole-of-Government approach with joined up policies from the Department of Transport, Agriculture, Energy and the Environment."

Deputy McManus will be joined at the forum by Deputy Tommy Broughan, Deputy Sean Sherlock and Deputy Joanna Tuffy.

The guest speakers include Oisin Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth; Pat Finnegan, Greenhouse Ireland Action Network; Brendan Halligan, Chair of Sustainable Energy Ireland and Professor John Sweeney, Department of Geography NUI Maynooth.

If you wish to attend this event please confirm by sending an email to [email protected]

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