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Day 10 #GE16 : We're Moving Towards a new National Community Health Service

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 02:47 PM

Today we launched our plan for moving towards a new National Community Health Service in Cork with Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister Kathleen Lynch and our candidate in Cork South-Central, Ciarán Lynch. By 2021, we will achieve significant steps towards the full rollout of Universal Health Care. We will provide free access to GP care, develop more nurse-led services, lower the cost of medicines and increase funding for primary care, community care and our hospitals. 

[You can read our full plan for a New National Community Health Service here]

Speaking at the launch, Tánaiste Joan Burton said “In our health plan which we publish today we set out an ambitious programme for the next five years and beyond. One of these steps will be a plan to increase the number of GPs. We will need to train more doctors. We will need to retain more doctors within the system. We will need to encourage some who have left the system to come back.”

 

Today it's Cork! With @joanburton , @KathleenLynchTD and @CiaranLynchTD launching @labour 's healthcare policy. #ge16 pic.twitter.com/EjI6vc4EgG

 

As Minister for Primary Care, Kathleen Lynch knows the importance of having a community based healthcare model - "Labour has had a positive influence on the development of healthcare policies over the past five years during a very difficult and financially constrained time. As a Party at the heart of government we have been in a position to ensure that services for older people, those with disabilities and mental health needs were protected and developed. Furthermore, we delivered free GP care for the under 6s and over 70s."

 

 

 

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