Tánaiste Joan Burton Wants Full GP Care For All 5 years ago

Tánaiste Joan Burton Wants Full GP Care For All

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that she wants to see “full GP care for all” under the next government.

Speaking at the launch of 'Towards a new National Community Health Service' the Labour leader said that the party was going to be focusing on the development of primary care.

"Our ultimate aim is to provide a comprehensive system of primary care free at the point of access," she said.

"To date we have provided free GP care for the youngest and oldest in our society. We have set aside funds to extend the service to older children later this year."

Speaking about the last five years, Burton described them as "challenging for the health service and the people who work in it."

She added: "It has been a time of change; a time of reform and a time when resources have been stretched. The system is far from perfect. But there have also been significant successes."

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According to RTÉ News, the party apparently plan to invest €1.5bn in primary healthcare services and increase the number of GPs.

Last night Burton appeared in the first live television debate of the election alongside Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail’s Micheál Martin and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

The four discussed a number of topical issues including Repeal the 8th, the housing crisis and medical staffing.

 

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