Kett, Tony

Wednesday, 26 March 2003

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 172 No. 4

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Health Services: Motion.

I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Lenihan, to the House. If the Minister, Deputy Martin, were here I would congratulate him, as I did a couple of weeks ago, on the fine job he is doing in ...More Button

I am pointing the finger at all Administrations.More Button

I am pointing the finger at the voluntary hospitals and those who were charged with the responsibility of spending the money wisely and well. If the cap fits, wear it – Senator Burke can add Portiuncu...More Button

He never said that. The manifesto does not state that we would deliver a certain number of medical cards within the first eight months of our coming into office. I will bring Senator Ryan to my office...More Button

Senator Ryan is saying we have reneged on our commitment. We will be in office for the next four years.More Button

We have four years to deliver our promises. What the Senator is saying is more of the propaganda that the Labour Party pumps out every week. It is not challenged enough. This motion affords us the opp...More Button

A sum of €9.2 billion is being spent on health in 2003. As the Minister said, that represents an increase of 162% in the past five years. It is approximately 7.9% of GNP, a figure subject to revision ...More Button

That was not necessarily the correct thing to do. I am glad that the Minister, Deputy Martin, is examining the problem and I hope the new health strategy, when it emerges, will address that issue and ...More Button

From 1997 to 2001 our spending per capita on health rose from fifth lowest in the European circuit to being above the European average. That is an achievement in itself. Waiting lists have decreased b...More Button

Senator Burke's party was in power and it did not do much better. It did not spend anything like what we are spending. I welcome the thrust of what the Minister is doing and hope he will be in office ...More Button

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