4/05/2006

Ógra disrupt inaugural private healthcare conference

I was delighted to hear that Ógra Shinn Féin activists have protested at Ireland's inaugural private healthcare conference in the Berkeley Court Hotel.



They did this through a direct action protest and read the following statement to the conference attendees,

"We are here to protest against the blood sucking parasites here assembled; those who seek to make a profit from people's pain, profit from people's suffering and profit from people's fears and their ill-health. I refer to those in the so called private health industry who are here today in an attempt to further Americanize and commodify the health of the Irish people.

They collude in this with our corrupt right-wing Government, which sees the enrichment of the corporate elite as preferable to the well being of the Irish people.We in Ógra Shinn Fein believe that health is for people - not for profit!

Corporations such as GE make everything from light bulbs to cars, now they wish to treat sick Irish people; as long as they have money. There is a smell in this room, the smell of corruption, the smell of greed, the smell of capitalist pigs swilling at the cash trough that the Government so willingly provides for them.

The Irish people are not only paying for their health with their taxes, they are also paying with their suffering and death.We believe that access to health care is a universal and inalienable right for all; not a privilege for the wealthy, nor should the lack of such universal provision be punishment for the poor."

I agree with Ógra on this issue, the incorporation of the private sector in our health care system is not a benefical move for the system as a whole or for Irish people generally.

Health care provision should not be about making a profit but about providing a service. The quality of that service should not depend on how much money you have in your pocket.

These people are parasites who wish to feed on the back of our sick, disgusting!!

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