“Fine Gael’s legacy in health is chaos in emergency departments, people waiting on hospital trolleys for days on end, endless waiting lists, and children denied essential treatments,” said Deputy Ferris.
“There were 30 people waiting on trolleys at the A&E in Kerry General for the first four days of this week. Ambulance call out times have cost lives and put many others at risk in Kerry,” he said.
“Under Fine Gael’s watch the chaos in our health services has gotten worse. Our health care staff and emergency services are being forced to work in extremely difficult circumstances while patients are not getting the treatment they deserve.
“Fine Gael’s has scrapped their promise to deliver universal health insurance. Their promises to reduce hospital waiting lists and the trolley crisis have been broken. Their promises to deliver free GP care is gone. So is their promise to end prescription charges. It’s one broken promise after another,” said Deputy Ferris.
“It’s time we called stop on Fine Gael’s plans to privatise our health services. Sinn Féin has a fully costed, deliverable plan for health based on the fundamental belief that people should be able to access health care as a right, on the basis of need,” he said.
Minister from Health Leo Varadkar is due at the hospital in Tralee at 1pm to officially announce the name change.