Save Our Health Service

The North’s health service is being put on its knees through funding cuts and privatisation.

Save Our Health Service

Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit representative in Derry Decades of underinvestment are overwhelming health care staff.and leading to massive waiting time.  Patient care is at risk and frontline staff in many departments are at breaking point. Lack of planning and investment has created a massive shortage of nurses and a crisis in GP services. Over […]

A sick society: How the system fuels the mental health crisis

The mental health crisis has reached epidemic proportions in Ireland in recent years. 25-64-year-olds in Ireland have the second  highest reported rate of depression in the EU, while CSO data shows that 2,364 people committed suicide from 2012-2016.

A sick society: How the system fuels the mental health crisis

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Ireland also has the fourth highest rate of teenage suicide in the EU, as reported by Building the Future, who state that 1 in 10,000 Irish 15-19-year-olds will die by suicide. The brutal austerity measures imposed by the Fine Gael-led government have fueled the desperation people are feeling around the country. The […]

Fighting for Decent Health Care

On Saturday 27 January the Still Waiting Campaign held a major conference in Liberty Hall in Dublin. The Campaign aims to increase hospital beds, restore lost services, and work towards a single-tier health system. Attended by over eighty delegates the conference heard from a number of campaign groups, political organisations and trade unions including Enough is Enough, the Irish Patients’ Association, People Before Profit and SIPTU and other unions Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients' Association said that 300 people a year were dying due to overcrowding. Socialist Worker interviewed the Still Waiting Campaign Coordinator, Cyril Brennan

Fighting for Decent Health Care

 SW: What inspired you to get involved in a health campaign? As a health care worker I always had an interest in health and caring for people, and when you see what has become of the health service during the years of austerity and the move towards private health care, and the effects it is […]

Our Nurses fight back

Our Nurses fight back

Nurses who are members of the INMO are set to begin a series of work to rule protests to highlight the ongoing crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments .Nurses in St Vincent’s Hospital were the first to stage a lunchtime protest and work to rule over the conditions in the A&E there. The union reported that […]

Ashling Merriman: Our Health Service in Crisis

Ashling Merriman: Our Health Service in Crisis

Ashling Merriman, the People Before Profit candidate in North Kildare, works as a Nurses’ Aid and witnesses the catastrophe currently overtaking our health service at first hand. She writes: The eight austerity budgets inflicted on us since 2008 have played a major role in producing higher and higher levels of sickness in the population. The […]