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Direct Democracy Ireland would like to create a new model for health in Ireland, a model where priority is placed on funding and curing the real causes of illness and disease. Replacing the current model where the vast majority of emphasis and cost is directed towards simply treating symptoms.

Our current health system measures its success by how many patients it treats in a defined period. The more it treats the more successful the health service. We believe the opposite is true. A properly functioning health service will see numbers of patients fall year on year as fewer people become ill or diseased. This can be achieved by eliminating the causes from all sources be they environmental, medical, food and drink, or lifestyle, and by taking responsibility for one’s own health.

To adhere to the principle of personal sovereignty and freedom of choice DDI must pursue a fully inclusive health strategy that does not restrict or bar health treatment choices and embraces conventional western medicine, natural medicine and alternative healing methods, as well as the right not to participate in prescribed medicine.

We wish to put equality back into what has become a two tier health service with the slow and steady privatisation and parallel running down of our public service. We see vested interests at play in the corporatisation of our health and believe it is not in the people’s best interests to be beholden to a health ‘industry’

We need radical changes to make health run on the basis of wellness rather than sickness.

  • State funded Universal health Service for all adopting a best international practice model E.G. the Canadian system.
  • Lift recruitment embargo on front line staff: health carers, technical staff, domestic and cleaning staff, catering staff, secretarial staff and support staff (not managers).
  • Recruit nurses and doctors immediately to return to 2008 level of sta­ffing.
  • Move all private beds to private hospitals as the public finances lose out when there is a cross over.
  • Open all closed wards.
  • Open all closed theatres.
  • Increase carers allowance and support recognising the huge role carers provide to sick and dependant relatives.
  • Increase access to emergency mental health support to reduce suicide risk in all ages and especially younger people.
  • Increase accessibility for diagnostic services to primary care eg GP access to CT and MRI.
  • Develop a strategy where payment follows results, and results are based in health not illness.
  • Develop patient discussed healthcare with patients choosing development and change, guided by healthcare professionals.
  • Suspend HIQA pending review of its decisions and actions to date.
  • Suspend national children’s hospital city site in favour of green field site as favoured by patients and relatives.
  • Require immediate workforce plan draft from HSE regarding sta­ffing for the future to link in with forward planning education.
  • Reverse all FEMPI (Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) cuts to primary care. The rationale is that healthcare absence costs more than its presence through time o work, time not productive, time not earning, diagnostic machine “down time”, risk to ability to finance family, home, mortgage, extra people on sickness benefit or dole, extra people needing state housing, QUITE apart from the human misery it causes. These changes fund themselves but from a different budgetary stream as it were…
  • Demand a “zero tolerance” policy from every emergency department regarding patients on trolleys. Recruit to 2008 levels of staff and ambulances.
  • Develop and implement a three year plan to end waiting lists.
  • Review consultant contracts to ensure move toward consultant and senior doctored car
  • Develop 24/7 approach to treatment and care facilities.
  • Demand all hospitals implement discharge planning starting day of admission.
  • Increase nursing home placements back to 2008 levels and beyond.

Ireland is on the brink of a major Mental Health crisis, The total numbers of people who die by suicide is higher than the combined numbers of people who die by Murder or who die in road trac accidents, the Government are far too reliant on Voluntary organisations and ignore the seriousness of the issue, without these invaluable organisations like SOSAD, Pieta house, The Samaritans, Aware, Teen line, Child-line, Living link, Console, Reach out, Spun-Out, and many more

Direct Democracy Ireland believes that mental health issues should be treated like all illnesses and treatment should be made ready available. And all Voluntary organisations in this area should be eligible for state funding.

Direct Democracy Ireland supports The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) and their call for an end to cuts, savage cuts that have undoubtedly caused lives. There are currently 1,121 people employed in the ambulance service in Northern Ireland covering six counties compared to 1,550 in the Republic covering 26 counties how can this be right on any level.

Direct Democracy Ireland will insist on the number of people employed in the ambulance service to be doubled over the next term of Government. Source; SIPTU health division organiser.

The simple fact is that in the health service there are not enough frontline sta, ambulances or enough fully operational stations, putting the lives of people at risk daily, in the early days of austerity the Government said there would be no impact on frontline service, but this is clearly not true. The facts will prove that Stang issues are being compromised by austerity.

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