Patrick Foley, in my constituency, is going blind unecessarily. His problem is he’s poor. He could have the cataract surgery he needs, if he could pay upfront for it, under the NTPF scheme, but he lives only on his allowance as a carer for his wife, who has MS. He would need €3000. He hasn’t got it. So he’s going blind. This recording is of my exchange with Minister Catherine Byrne (minus some of the blah, blah, blah) on the last day of the Dáil before Summer recess

 

Q: What causes Ireland’s incredibley long waiting lists for health care? A: Political descision making. By running down the public service, people are forced into paying in the private system; result = profits up for the private service providers – insurance companies, private hospitals etc etc .And waiting times in the public sector get ever longer