People Before Profit challenge Minister at health debate

Members of the People Before Profit Alliance in Dublin South East heckled Minister Mary Harney during a debate on how the health system has failed disadvantaged communities. Ms Harney was challenged over her failure to tackle A&E crisis and over the privatisation of services.

Harney under pressure from protesters

At the same event, members of the Save St Luke’s Cancer Hospital Campaign in Dublin criticised the Minister for refusing to meet a delegation to discuss the views of patients and relatives on the closure.

The Save St Luke’s Campaign said it has been seeking the meeting with Ms Harney for a number of months. However, it was recently informed that she would not be in a position to meet with the group because of a heavy schedule in the coming months.

The campaigners said her refusal to meet was particularly disappointing because patients had never been consulted in relation to the closure. They would continue to work to keep the hospital open.

“Given the delay in the implementation of the national cancer strategy, and the increase in projected cancer victims in the future, the campaign believes the decision should be reviewed to take account of these changes in circumstances.”

The Campaign handed Ms Harney a letter of protest at the debate in relation to the matter.

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