One of the placards to be carried by Republicans on the up-coming Saturday 11th Oct '08 Health March in Dublin.
"What we are looking for is a revolution, that the people of Ireland take ownership of their own health service. Our incidence of hospital-acquired infections is one of the worst in Europe. There is no point, as the HSE does, comparing us with Britain. They are alongside us...."
'Forty-eight per cent of our viewers felt she had made a difference, but for the wrong reasons, with this proportion of those polled feeling services have declined since the current Minister assumed office.
A further 33% felt Mary Harney had made no difference, good or bad, to the service, while only 14% felt that services had actually improved under her tenure....'
" Every year in Ireland, around 10,000 people suffer a stroke and 2,500 die as a result, yet just one Irish hospital out of 37 has a fully resourced stroke unit, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has said...... vital services are either ad hoc or non-existent......if a person has a stroke tomorrow, the quality of care that they can expect to receive will be determined by ‘chance, location and a haphazard combination of circumstances’.......at least 500 lives could be saved each year if stroke unit care was introduced......"
Register your objection in Dublin on Saturday October 11th next - don't leave it to someone else to voice your opposition to the millionaire politicians who use your tax payments to obtain private health care for themselves and their families while you and yours die in hospital waiting rooms or , if you're 'lucky' , on a hospital trolley . Join the protest!