Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Everyone in the health service put their shoulder to the wheel during this crisis

A PROPOSAL for an all-Ireland NHS was rejected at a meeting of Carlow County Council. People Before Profit’s Adrienne Wallace had made the proposal, calling for a single-tier health service in light of the Covid-19 crisis at September’s meeting of Carlow County Council. The motion also called for all private hospitals to be nationalised.

Cllr Wallace said the country owed healthcare workers and those who had lost loved ones the best healthcare service. She added that this was not a radical proposal but a “pragmatic approach”.

Opposing the motion, Fine Gael’s Michael Doran said that in some instances the private sector was able to do things better than the public sector. Cllr Arthur McDonald, who is on the regional health board committee, said he could not support it.

Cllr Wallace did receive support from Sinn Féin’s Andy Gladney, Independent councillor John Cassin and Labour’s William Paton, but it was not enough for the motion to succeed.

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