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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fianna Fáil shows true colours with policy that will prolong two-tier healthcare system

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Speaking on ‘Morning Ireland’ yesterday, health spokesman Billy Kelleher said: “after consideration and a lot of in-depth analysis, we took the view that Universal Health Insurance (UHI) is not a model that will work in this country, we believe it is the wrong way to go and will burden a lot of families with excessive cost in provision of health care”.
Speaking on ‘Morning Ireland’ yesterday, health spokesman Billy Kelleher said: “after consideration and a lot of in-depth analysis, we took the view that Universal Health Insurance (UHI) is not a model that will work in this country, we believe it is the wrong way to go and will burden a lot of families with excessive cost in provision of health care”.

Fianna Fáil is about to break its long-established habit of being a health- policy-free zone. Its much-awaited health policy is due to be launched at next week's ard fheis.

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The unfinished health policy, as seen by the Irish Independent, gives a nod to anyone who effectively lobbied Fianna Fáil in the last four years, promising lots more of everything - more primary care, more resources for hospitals, more mental health services, more nursing homes - to everyone - pharmacists, private hospitals, private nursing homes, public health doctors, GPs, nurses, allied health professionals...

It slips into default position with a few more quangos - a new mental health authority and a new Office for Alcohol Control. And in good Micheál Martin style, it also promises more reviews and strategies - a national strategy for long-term care and a review of the national mental health policy.

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