The Workers’ Party supports the call from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) to nationalise all private hospitals to fight against COVID-19.

David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill, said:
“The healthcare system is clearly overloaded and struggling to cope. The government plans only to nationalise a third of the private hospital capacity, that won’t be enough.”

“The government has made a hames of theor response to this pandemic, ignoring NPHET advice and frontline workers on many occasions. They owe it to people to finally do what’s right to prevent more unnecessary illness and death.”

Gardiner concluded:
“Public health was in a sorry state before the pandemic, and now ordinary working people, particularly those of us on the frontline, are feeling the consequences of government inaction. The Workers’ Party echo the call of INMO to nationalise private hospitals to combat COVID-19.”