‘All-island cooperation must be maintained in Health’ – Murphy

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the result of the EU referendum must not be allowed to derail all-Ireland healthcare initiatives. Conor Murphy“For the good of all the people on this island, healthcare must be developed on an all-Ireland basis,” he said. “Ideally, we should be moving from increased cooperation to, ultimately, full integration of services on the island, maximising the healthcare benefits for all and achieving greater economies of scale. “Indeed, in the past decade there have been developments in health cooperation between the Assembly and Leinster House, with a number of exciting joint departmental projects being developed. “These include work on shared radiotherapy and paediatric cardiac services; health promotion focusing on alcohol, tobacco and obesity; cancer research; mental health and suicide prevention and of course, initiatives such as the cross border renal unit in our own Daisy Hill.
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July 2016“The result of the EU referendum is deeply worrying for the future of this cooperation and parents, families and communities are anxious to see the continuation of this cooperation,” he insisted. “This is particularly important given that the new children’s hospital will have a state of the art cancer centre, which will service children across the whole island. However, this needs a critical mass of population to be effective and expert briefings have pointed out that this is envisaged as operating on an all island basis. Murphy added, “Dáil Health Minister Simon Harris needs to engage with our own Minister Michelle O’Neill as a matter of urgency to ensure that current and future cross border projects are maintained and secured for the future. “Illness, disease and health know no borders so it is important that cross-border projects are maintained and expanded in the future.”
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