Fine Gael’s FairCare Proposals with revolutionise our Health Service – BREEN.

May 4th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen welcoming the publication of Fine Gael’s Faircare proposals said that “they will revolutionise our Health Service here in this Country.”

“Fine Gael has put a lot of thought into these proposals and during 2008 the Party Leader Enda Kenny T.D. established a Health Commission chaired by our former leader Alan Dukes.   The Fine Gael proposals are patient centred and will give us a health service we deserve within a five year time frame.”

“For the past 10 years this Government has presided over a health service which is a shambles.  The specific needs of our patients in our hospitals and in our communities have been put to the end of the queue.  Decisions are being made without any consideration for the needs of our patients and their families.   Regularly people are left on trolleys in A&E.  For example, there were 22.5 people on trolleys in the Mid West Regional hospital in Ennis for the month of April and following the decision to close the A&E Dept in Ennis from 8.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. daily more and more Clare people are waiting on trolleys in the A&E Department at the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick.  There were on average 420 patients on trolleys in Limerick over the month of April.”

“As part of our hospital reform programme, we will make the Minister for Health and Children directly responsible for hitting key targets.  The situation cannot be allowed to continue where the Minister and the Government spend billions of taxpayer’s money on the Health Budget while at the same time refusing to be accountable to Dail Eireann for decisions taken.”

“We will develop new primary care centres where groups of GPs, together with other healthcare professionals, in County Clare will treat patients for free, out of modern purpose built premises with access to x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy so that patients can be diagnosed in their communities by the doctors who know them best.

“We will also deliver Universal Health Insurance where every man, woman and child in County Clare, and the rest of the County, will be insured. Some will be fully subsidised and some partially subsidised by the Government.

“FairCare will introduce a “money-follows-the-patient” budgeting system so that hospitals are paid for how many patients they treat. Patients will no longer be seen as “costs” to the health service, but as sources of “income” instead.

“We want no mother to ever have to make the agonising choice about whether or not they can afford to bring their sick child to the doctor. Fine Gael will remove that doubt so parents have certainty that the health care system is there to support them and not be a burden on them.”

“All you need to know about FairCare is on There is even a game on the website to keep you entertained!”

* These figures are on average over the month of April as per the INO website.

Note: For a copy of the FairCare document, please go to