The Irish, still waiting campaign held a press release in Dublin City earlier on today. This event happened in the Buswells hotel on Molesworth Street this release also put out a plan to hold a public demonstration on Saturday 6th October in Dublin City starting at the Garden Of Remembrance at 2:pm. The information below was sourced from original press release and documents.
The Still Waiting Health Campaign, will be launching the details of its first national protest, this Thursday the 13th of September at 11:30am in Buswells Hotel
The health demonstration will take place on October 6th.
Speakers include, David Hughes INMO, Cyril Brennan Still Waiting Campaign, Linda Comerford Enough is Enough Campaign, Dr Peadar O’Grady and Chaired by Student Union of Ireland Ai.
Supporting Groups in attendance: Waterford Cardiac Care, Tipperary Mental Health Services, Donegal Campaign, Connemara Ambulance Campaign, Enough is Enough a voice for children with disabilities, Save Portlaoise Campaign, M.E (Millions Missing), Standing for women, Fibromyalgia awareness, Scoliosis Network.
Sein Fein, PBP/Solidarity, Social Democrats, Labour, Independents.
NGOs, including health reform alliance and all together for dignityt will be in attendance.
STILL WAITING HEALTH CAMPAIGN
The Still Waiting Health Campaign is a group of local campaigns, workers, trade unions and political groups who have come together under a common platform to demand a National Health Service through the implementation of Slaintecare. Our demands ahead of the 2018 budget are for increased capacity which is central to improving our creaking and dysfunctional Health Service. We intend to pressurise the government into delivering through lobbying and protest.
OUR FIRST NATIONAL PROTEST IS ON 6TH OCTOBER 2018 AT 2PM.
Still Waiting has been active for almost two years and was inspired by the water protest movement which spoke to the ordinary person who had enough. Health issues are not so easily protested due to people’s ill-health and different deficiencies affecting different areas of the country. However a commonality was found in the overall dysfunction of how we administer healthcare across the country, along with the proposal for Slaintecare, agreed by a majority of politicians but with serious pressure needed for its implementation. Meetings and protests have been held under the Still Waiting banner throughout the country.
SLAINTECARE WILL REMOVE PRIVATE MEDICINE FROM PUBLIC HOSPITALS.
- The current two-tier model is a grossly unfair system and is not fit for purpose. Patients are treated according to their wealth rather than their medical need. This type of model can never deliver an equitable Health Service and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Many other components exist in this plan including
- Entitlement for all Irish residents to all health and social care
- No charge to access GP, primary or hospital care and reduced charges for drugs
- Care provided at the lowest level of complexity, often outside of hospital, in an integrated way
- eHealth as key tool for developing a universal health system and integrated care
- Strong focus on public health and health promotion.
CAPACITY IS KEY TO IMPROVING ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS
As a campaign Still Waiting has held many protests and vigils nationwide over the past two years. Local campaigns protest at the lack of available healthcare across several areas, Children’s Assessment, CAMHS, Cardiac care, Disability services and Mental Health closures. Ahead of the upcoming budget we are demanding increase in capacity which addresses all area of health. We need to increase our capacity within our communities, and within our primary health care settings the lack of service within our communities has led to waiting lists of huge numbers, forcing people into private healthcare and impacting mostly on the poor and sick.
- 997,258 are currently on waiting lists for procedures, these patients will get sicker if they are not seen.
- Around 350 people die needlessly in Irish hospitals annually due to a lack of adequate resources.
- The continued trolley crisis and increasing waiting lists are a direct result of capacity.
- Capacity is directly affected by the downgrading, underinvestment and closure of necessary services.
A minimum investment of €1 billion
- Still Waiting indicates that a minimum investment of €1 billion is required to implement meaningful reform.
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