I questioned HSE officials on issues surrounding the Cervical Check fiasco. This recording is of my questions and their answers. So much time, so much pain, and still – so little real information. The HSE has so many managers, on big money, and so few nurses and doctors, not on big money. What on earth are the managers for? How does the Dept of Health stand over this? Is this ‘the market’ that our government is so fond of, delivering the services we need?

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“Government Policy responsible for possible strike action in health and social care services,” says Brid Smith TD

People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has said that Government policy is directly responsible for a possible strike of over 8,000 staff in the health and social care service which could cause severe disruption to a system already at breaking point.

The TD had asked a number of Dáil questions of the Minister for Health over the funding for so-called section 39 organisations.  Staff in these organisations may be taking strike action as, unlike direct HSE employees, they will not receive any pay restoration under recent pay deals and legislation.Read more »

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