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INMO meeting special Oireachtas Health Committee on the future of healthcare
Press Release 26.10.16

-    INMO calls for single tiered health service guaranteeing equality of treatment for all

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is meeting the Special Oireachtas Committee on the future of healthcare today, Wednesday, October 26 at 11.30a.m.

In both its written submission and opening statement the INMO is calling for a radical transformation, of our current two tiered health system, so that it is single tiered, guaranteeing equality of treatment to all and funded through general progressive taxation.

In its statements the INMO has made a number of points including:

  • The transition, to a single tiered service, would take up to 10 to 15 years;
  • The health service should receive guaranteed public, direct, funding of a minimum of 10% of GDP and between 12 – 14 % during the period of transition;
  • The organisational structure, for the new public health service, should be flattened with autonomy and accountability, for expenditure, devolved to frontline       managers;
  • All health service staff should be directly employed including consultants and general practitioners (current contracts should be honoured but all new contracts involving direct public employment only); and,
  • Greatly expanded roles for nurses/midwives, and other health professionals, including direct/cross referrals and nurse/midwife prescribing across all areas of the health service.

The INMO believes that a properly resourced public health service, which treats all citizens equally with access not related to ability to pay, is a powerful social good enhancing the well-being of all citizens and acting as a powerful foundation  for a growing economy.

Speaking today, prior to meeting with the committee, Ms Martina Harkin-Kelly , INMO President said:

“The INMO warmly welcomes the opportunity to meet with this special committee as it commences it’s very important work.  In making our presentation the INMO calls upon the committee to commence a major transformation, to our health system, which currently is inequitable with the public health service unable to meet, safely and appropriately, the demands being placed upon it.”

Also commenting on the submission INMO Deputy General Secretary, Dave Hughes said:

“In meeting  with the Committee today, the INMO will call upon all politicians to recognise that the current  system is simply unfit for purpose and needs radical investment and transformation in terms of funding, structures and how all health professionals work and relate to each other.

We will call for the public, direct provision, of all health services, funded through a progressive general taxation system, and an end to the creeping privatisation, of healthcare, which has taken place in recent years.”

The INMO’s written submission, to this special Oireachtas Committee is available here:

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