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Forum on Universal Health Insurance

Posted on January 24, 2008

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.

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European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Posted on January 23, 2008

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - Joanna Tuffy TD with the giant 'Pearl of Wisdom', at the Irish launch of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is promoted in Ireland by the Irish Family Planning Association. (Photo by Jason Clarke Photography)
Joanna Tuffy TD with the giant 'Pearl of Wisdom', at the Irish launch of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is promoted in Ireland by the Irish Family Planning Association. (Photo by Jason Clarke Photography)

This week marks the European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 21st - 26th) which aims to promote better awareness of all aspects of cervical cancer and how women can prevent it by having regular smear tests.

I was delighted to be asked by the Irish Family Planning Association to support its campaign by promoting their Pearl of Wisdom badge. In Europe a woman dies from cervical cancer every 18 minutes. At home in Ireland 180 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 73 women on average die from the disease each year. Considering that cervical cancer is a preventable disease this is shocking.

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Motion of no confidence highlights need for accountability

Posted on November 29, 2007

Following last night's Private Members vote where Minister Harney survived Labour's motion of no confidence it is clear, that the crisis facing our health service is not going away and action must be taken. The motion is not the end of Labour insisting the Minister be held accountable for her department.

Many of our contributions are available to view on our You Tube channel, you can see Deputy Jan O'Sullivan moving the motion (part 1 and part 2), Deputy Joan Burton, Deputy Kathleen Lynch and Deputy Joe Costello.

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Dail debates No Confidence motion in Minister Harney

Posted on November 28, 2007

Last night the Labour Party tabled a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health Mary Harney. You can see videos of the debate on our You Tube Channel and read more about it in our campaigns section.

Speaking about the motion on Morning Ireland the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said: "There are times when people have to make the critical decision and step up to the table, this is one of them.

"We have seen an appalling litany of blunders in the health service. What happened in Portlaoise and apparently repeated albeit on a difference scale in Cork is the last straw. There has to be accountability for what is happening in our health service. The bucks tops with the Minister for Health."

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Gilmore raises cancer care and centres of excellence in the Dáil

Posted on November 13, 2007

Cancer care and the proposed centres of excellence were once again raised in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions by Eamon Gilmore.

During the exchange Eamon said he was not clear what the Government means by 'centre of excellence' and asked a number of questions including:

  • How many centres will there be?
  • Are they approved?
  • What is the situation in the North West of the country?
  • What is the time scale?
  • What is the budget?

You can see Eamon's contribution on the accompanying You Tube video and you can read the full debate once it is uploaded on the Oireachtas website here.

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Government must own up to responsibility for cancer screening debacle

Posted on November 07, 2007

The issue of failures in the breast cancer screening was once again raised in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions. Deputy Gilmore questioned the Taoiseach about aging radiology equipment in Portlaoise Hospital and in other hospitals around the country.

Quoting a number of health experts who were strongly critical of Government health policies Deputy Gilmore said: "These are people who cure people, who do their job responsibly. If this Government was doing as good a job in managing and running the health service as these people are in curing their patients we would not have the problems in the health service we have today.

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Plight of methadone patients raised during Leaders' Questions

Posted on October 17, 2007

Community Pharmacy - Some 140 pharmacies have withdrawn methadone dispensing to 4,500 methadone patients
Some 140 pharmacies have withdrawn methadone dispensing to 4,500 methadone patients

The 4,500 recovering heroin addicts who have had the methadone dispensing service provided to them by pharmacists withdrawn due to the ongoing dispute between the Health Service Executive and the Irish Pharmaceutical Union was the subject of Eamon Gilmore's Leaders' Questions in the Dail this morning.

During the exchange Deputy Gilmore said: "The withdrawal of this service has thrown them back into the ad hoc arrangement of drug treatment clinics which brings them back into the same type of environment and company which may have been responsible for their problems in the first instance.

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HSE Watch

Posted on September 07, 2007

Enough - A decent public health service now

Just days on from the Health Service Executive (HSE) announcement of a total ban on recruitment and replacement of staff in the health service the Minister for Health has dismissed suggestions that patients would suffer as a result of the ban. You can read more here at the Irish Times (subs required)

Since then we have received complaints relating to the staff shortages including no physiotherapist in one Dublin hospital department, no locum available to cover when a Senior House Officer (SHO) is ill, nursing placements cancelled in one major Dublin hospital, vacant dietician posts and no replacement staff in a rural geriatric hospitals where 28 staff out of 100 are on holiday.

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Day 22 - Four Days to Ensure a Better Health Service

Posted on May 20, 2007

Ruairi Quinn - at our 4 Days to Ensure a Better Health Service launch
at our 4 Days to Ensure a Better Health Service launch

Ruairi Quinn and Liz McManus were in the media centre today in election HQ to reveal new information obtained under Freedom of Information confirming that the FF/PD plan to build super private clinics on the grounds of public hospitals will cause serious problems for the public health service.

Ruairi said: "Fianna Fail and the PDs have given on the public health system. They simply don't believe that good quality health services can be delivered by a public health system where medical need, rather than ability to pay, determines the care a patient receives. Instead they want to turn public health into something the sockness industry can profit from.

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Day 16 - Making our A&Es work

Posted on May 14, 2007

Ged Nash  - Speaking at today's press conference
Speaking at today's press conference

Day 16 - As ever there were a number of things happening around the country on the election trail. Pat and the battlebus were in Carlow/Kilkenny and Tipperary North and South; while in Dublin Liz McManus and Ged Nash took a press conference on Labour's plan for ending the crisis in Accident and Emergency departments.

Speaking at the press conference Liz said: "Access to prompt and effective advice and treatment in decent conditions for those who suffer an accident or require urgent medical intervention should be a basic right in any developed society.

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