Fianna Fáil’s health policy seeks €450m budget increase
Document to set out party’s opposition to introduction of Universal Health Insurance
Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.
Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the abolition of Universal Health Insurance and a renegotiation of the GP contract.
Party spokesman on health Billy Kelleher said the policy will be fully costed and will propose an extra spend of €450 million in the area.
The party is calling for a 20 per cent sugar tax generating up to €58 million annually while it expects savings of €70 million.
The policy outlines the party’s opposition to the introduction of Universal Health Insurance. It says the Fine Gael/Labour plans will force the State to surrender control and will remove services from certain areas in the country.
It is calling for a renegotiation of the GP contract and wants doctors to be taken on as “salaried employees” of the HSE.
The document proposes a “ring-fenced budget for reform” which it says will be in addition to the overall budget for the HSE.
It also says there should be an increase of €120 million in the primary care budget over a five year term.
The party will call for the National Treatment Purchase Fund to be re-established and will convene a special task force whose aim will be to ensure all scheduled day case/in patient care will be delivered within six months.
All hospitals will be required to have 8 am to 8pm consultation times and to enforce them.