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Pringle, Thomas

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Health Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I understood I had five minutes.More Button

If we could prevent the cutbacks in the health services as easily as we prevented the cutting short of this debate, it would be a good turn of events. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to th...More Button

I wish to give two examples of the impacts of the cuts in funding to the HSE on my community in County Donegal. It ties in with the example given by Deputy Mac Lochlainn of the difficulties in L...More Button

That shows the impact the cuts in the health services have had in recent years. Those cuts are continuing because there is no sign of the embargo being lifted. If we want the health services to...More Button

In the past week the community on Arranmore Island was faced with the loss of its public health nurse. This is an isolated community of 500 people - ten years ago more than 1,000 people lived on...More Button

Those two examples give an idea of the crisis that many people face every day because of a lack of investment in our health services. In launching the HSE's service plan, Mr. Tony O'Brien stated...More Button

I wish to highlight some items that have been dropped from the HSE's service plan, including a reduction of €53 million in services for older people. In the next ten years the number of people o...More Button

The health services need investment and increased funding as opposed to this constant mantra of more for less, which is absolute rubbish.More Button

National Internship Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she has any concerns that companies requiring interns under the JobBridge scheme to have PhDs in a particular field may be using such highly qualified persons to displace staff or to avoid job c...More Button

Pensions Reform

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her plans to introduce mandatory pension coverage for workers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Obesity Strategy

Asked the Minister for Health: if research has been undertaken to establish any link between sugar and obesity; if he will consider introducing measures to regulate the sugar content of food and drink; and if he will make a stat...More Button