‘I’m wor­ried health fund­ing will van­ish down a black hole’

Irish Independent - - News | Budget 2018 - Ryan O’Rourke

DR MICHELLE O’CON­NOR lives in the small Co Lim­er­ick town of Abbeyfeale with her hus­band and two young sons aged nine and five.

Dr O’Con­nor, who works as a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner in the nearby town of New­cas­tle West, is glad to see more child­care sup­port given to fam­i­lies that need it.

“It’s ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary, I have so many young moth­ers com­ing in to me who are try­ing to de­cide whether it’s even worth­while go­ing back to work be­cause of the cost of child­care.

“I have sev­eral young moth­ers who opt to stay at home and try to sur­vive off one not-so-large wage.”

Be­fore the Bud­get, Dr O’Con­nor spoke about her fears that we would see ma­jor tax cuts. She feared that our econ­omy would not be able to af­ford this, caus­ing an­other bub­ble.

As part of the Bud­get, it was an­nounced that an ex­tra €633m would be spent on health­care.

Dr O’Con­nor said: “I’m glad they have put money into health, but the way they’ve done it, it’s go­ing to have very lit­tle ef­fect.

“I’m wor­ried it is go­ing to just dis­ap­pear down a black hole in the health­care sys­tem,” she said.

She is dread­ing any fu­ture pro­posal of giv­ing free GP cards to ev­ery­one un­der the age of 12 or un­der the age of 18.

“We are al­ready com­pletely and ut­terly melted from chil­dren un­der six. They are at­tend­ing way more of­ten now that it’s free, and the ca­pac­ity isn’t there,” she said.

Dr Michelle O’Con­nor says many moth­ers are con­cerned about child­care is­sues. Photo: Liam Burke

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