Tag Archives: HSE

End private ownership of hospitals – with no compensation

By Colm McCarthy The severe pressure the health service has come under from the Covid-19 outbreak has led the government to temporarily take over the running of private hospitals in the state. In doing so, they have acknowledged the inability of our two-tier health service to tackle this pandemic. This is a system that is inherently unequal and unjust. It ...

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COVID-19: Invest in public healthcare now!

By Finghín Kelly and Cillian Gillespie  The Irish health system is entering the Covid-19 crisis in a very poor position. Before the virus hit, it was already at breaking point. This is a result of chronic underfunding by successive governments stretching back decades and made worse in the last decade of austerity. Despite the spin from the government, the Irish ...

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Coronavirus and the system

By Michael O’Brien We are at a point now where official estimates in Ireland predict that there will be hundreds of cases of Coronovirus detected within weeks.  This is an issue with implications for public health, workers rights, but also one with domestic global economic and political ramifications. At the time of writing, arresting the spread has necessitated the closure ...

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Healthcare in Ireland: A system at breaking point

By Finghín Kelly  The Irish health system is at breaking point. Last year was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding. An incredible 118,367 people were without beds throughout the year. This represents a near trebling since 2006! 2020 is set to be another record-breaking year with the first week of the year being the worst week on record ...

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“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

Thanks for talking to The Socialist, Tony. On the 31 May we saw the seventh day of strike action of ambulance workers organised by NASRA. What is the dispute about and what is its significance? The dispute is essentially about workers’ right to choose the union that represents them rather than the bosses or employers choosing their representation for them. Up ...

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National Children’s Hospital- Profiteering results in ballooning costs

By Mick Barry TD The Government which says that it cannot afford to pay the nurses and midwives is presiding over a massive cost overrun at the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH). Health Minister Simon Harris says it would cost an extra €300m to meet the full pay claim being made by nurses and midwives.  The INMO disputes this figure ...

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Government can buckle under pressure- Full Support For Nurses & Midwives!

Socialist Party Bulletin: 5th-7th February Nurses and Midwives have rightly said enough is enough. Today’s strike action reflects the fact that the justifiable anger against pay restraing, lack of pay parity and dangerous work practices has boiled over. There is clearly massive support for this action amongst working class people generally. This reflects the growing opposition to wage restraint and ...

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Fighting union busting- Solidarity with striking ambulance workers

By Mick Barry TD Hundreds of ambulance paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians placed pickets on HSE ambulance depots across the country on Tuesday, 22 January. The workers are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and are locked in a battle with the HSE over the issue of union recognition. The strike came just eight days before the ...

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Cervical cancer scandal-The battle for justice continues

By Dave Murphy The cervical cancer scandal which has resulted in at least 209 women being misdiagnosed with the disease, left 18 dead and others terminally ill has rocked the confidence of women in the health service. Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of those affected, summed up the tragic effects of the scandal in a Morning Ireland interview saying “I’m dying ...

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