user preferences

New Events

Ireland / Britain

no event posted in the last week

Launch of Campaign for a Decent Public Health Service

category ireland / britain | miscellaneous | news report author Thursday February 14, 2008 23:58author by Alan M. - Workers Solidarity Movementauthor email wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com Report this post to the editors

Roughly 300 people turned up to the launch of the 'Campaign for a Decent Public Health Service' on the evening of the 11th February in Liberty Hall. The public meeting was organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and the campaign hopes to bring together health workers and their trade unions, patient groups, hospital campaigners, the trade union movement in general and the general public to demand a civilised health service.

Moving contributions were provided by Conor MacLiam (the husband of Susie Long), Janette Byrne (from Patients Together) and other victims of the running down of the public health service. The perspective of health workers was provided by addresses from representatives from SIPTU, IMPACT, the INO and the IMO. There existed a general consensus that the road to privatisation of the health system must be stopped and that a campaign with concrete demands for a properly funded universal public health system, that is free at the point of access, is the way forward.

In building this campaign it’s important that we realise that the problems in the health service do not arise as a result of incompetence or poor planning but are a direct result of the right-wing economic agenda of the current government which very clearly places the right to make profit before the health needs of ordinary people. This is a political agenda which sees ‘private good, public bad’ and which – through lack of investment and deliberate running down of services – has rendered the public health system incapable of meeting the needs of those who need to use it. All of this is so that taxes on wealth can be kept extremely low and their friends in the private health system can make even more money than before.

For too long campaigns around the health system have been locally based, attempting to save regional services. The problems in the health service affect working people throughout the country, so a campaign for health reform must be carried out nationwide.

And it is only organised workers, both in trade unions and in local communities, that can win such a campaign. No party in government has tackled this issue since the creation of the state. No elected independent politician has made much of a difference. And even if they had been willing, they couldn’t have. The powerful vested interests, including the health insurance companies, the consultants, the HSE bureaucracy, the royal colleges and medical bodies, have opposed and will oppose at all costs the creation of an equitable and accessible system for all.

And let’s not be fooled to think such a system will be granted through social partnership. An active health campaign of workers should not be frittered away by the union bureaucracy at the “bargaining table” of national agreements. The interests of the rich and powerful will not willingly get rid of our apartheid health system. Workers should be ready to be patient in building a strong, cohesive movement.

The next step in building the campaign will be a national demonstration to take place on 29th March at 3pm. If you have been a victim of the underfunded public health system or you know someone who has, come out and express your anger on 29th March.

This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch
¿Què està passant a Catalunya?

Front page

Hands off the anarchist movement ! Solidarity with the FAG and the anarchists in Brazil !

URGENTE! Contra A Criminalização, Rodear De Solidariedade Aos Que Lutam!

¡Santiago Maldonado Vive!

Catalunya como oportunidad (para el resto del estado)

La sangre de Llorente, Tumaco: masacre e infamia

Triem Lluitar, El 3 D’octubre Totes I Tots A La Vaga General

¿Què està passant a Catalunya?

Loi travail 2017 : Tout le pouvoir aux patrons !

En Allemagne et ailleurs, la répression ne nous fera pas taire !

El acuerdo en preparacion entre la Union Europea y Libia es un crimen de lesa humanidad

Mourn the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

SAFTU: The tragedy and (hopefully not) the farce

Anarchism, Ethics and Justice: The Michael Schmidt Case

Land, law and decades of devastating douchebaggery

Democracia direta já! Barrar as reformas nas ruas e construir o Poder Popular!

Reseña del libro de José Luis Carretero Miramar “Eduardo Barriobero: Las Luchas de un Jabalí” (Queimada Ediciones, 2017)

Análise da crise política do início da queda do governo Temer

Dès maintenant, passons de la défiance à la résistance sociale !

17 maggio, giornata internazionale contro l’omofobia.

Los Mártires de Chicago: historia de un crimen de clase en la tierra de la “democracia y la libertad”

Strike in Cachoeirinha

(Bielorrusia) ¡Libertad inmediata a nuestro compañero Mikola Dziadok!

DAF’ın Referandum Üzerine Birinci Bildirisi:

Cajamarca, Tolima: consulta popular y disputa por el territorio

© 2005-2017 Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]