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Launch of Campaign for a Decent Public Health Service
ireland / britain | miscellaneous | news report Thursday February 14, 2008 23:58 by Alan M. - Workers Solidarity Movement wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com
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.