Friday, 19th January 2018
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Health Campaigns Coming Together

The Still Waiting campaign aims to bring together diverse groups around a common platform to improve Ireland’s health service. It has had growing national support over the past 10 months and is now gaining support from Trade Unions that represent Health workers.

Up to now there have been many different campaigns that have fought on local hospital or individual health issues. We believe that we will be stronger if we come together on a common platform.

The Still Waiting Campaign are calling on health campaigns to come together, unions and political activists to demand much needed reform in our health service. The Campaign will be holding a conference in Liberty Hall on January 27th to discuss a national campaign to demand reform in our health service.

Still Waiting Coordinator Cyril Brennan said, "We have been in this position now too many times, where we see a new record number of people waiting on trolleys each year, with 677 this month".

The Still Waiting Campaign aims to be a broad campaign allowing other campaigns to support the objectives while keeping their own autonomy. The objectives of the campaign include Increasing bed capacity to the OECD average, increase frontline staff to pre-crisis levels, restoration of services such as closed A&E departments, as well as moving towards a national health service.

Local Coordinator Una Dunphy continued "Locally we have seen the intolerable situation regarding cardiac care, the A&E" crisis and waiting lists for virtually every procedure. We have to get a people powered movement backed by the biggest Civic movement in the country the Trade Unions to effect radical change. This conference is bringing this about with support from ICTU, SIPTU, INMO, Forsa,Unite and others."

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