Out-of-touch ff opposition to free GP care for kids will hit working families

11 February 2016

Earlier today Fianna Fáil launched their manifesto and working families around the country will be disappointed to see Fianna Fáil’s continued opposition to free GP care for young children.  

When free GP for children under six was first introduced, one Fianna Fáil TD astonishingly described the policy as “reprehensible, immoral and nauseating.”

Yet, for many parents with young children the fact they don’t have to worry about the cost of bringing a child to the doctor if they are sick has lifted a huge financial worry from the family.

We are now rolling out free GP care to children up to the age of 12 – a measure that Fianna Fáil has now admitted they would slash if in government.

Indeed, they have even cast doubt in their manifesto on whether they would maintain the hugely successful free GP care scheme for children under sixes.

This would be a hugely worrying development for most families with young children.

Labour in government has stood up for families through the introduction of free GP care for the under sixes and we will continue to do so with the ongoing rollout of free GP care for children up to 12 and beyond and our comprehensive childcare package.

In contrast, Fianna Fáil’s policies yet again highlight how out of touch they are with the realities of working families on health and childcare.

 

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