Irish Medical Association chief executive officer Sean McBride said it was difficult to argue against the fact that a person has a right to medical treatment, even if it means not being able to see their family members or friends for months at a time.
Mr McBride, who represents patients in the Irish Medical Council, said the issue of medical apartheid had been raised by doctors in the past and that they were being forced to deal with the consequences of a system that was not working.
“There are two sides to this story.
The first side is that we want people to have access to care in a timely manner and that’s very important.
But there’s a second side that the system is unjust and we have to work to change it,” he said.
However, he said the health service should not be “closed off” to doctors.
He said the public was being asked to accept that there was a system of medical segregation in the NHS, and that doctors had to accept the need to treat people in a manner that was more humane than that of the apartheid regime.
Asked about the Government’s proposals to change the way the Irish medical service operates, Mr McBride suggested it would be very difficult to do so because it would “push” the issue to the political left.
The Irish Medical Alliance, which represents about 12,000 doctors in Ireland, said it supported medical segregation, but it was a matter for the Government.
It said the situation in Ireland had been made more difficult by the fact there are a small number of hospitals which operate on the basis of apartheid.
Dr James Gallagher, the president of the Irish Association of Medical Councils, said he was disappointed that some of the political parties would have their noses in the game when it came to healthcare.
A number of other doctors have expressed concerns about the health services reforms, which include a ban on the use of any foreign drugs or devices in Irish hospitals.
Irish Medical Association president Sean McLean said the medical services system was a “complex and interdependent system” that has to be reformed.
His comments come as the Irish Government looks to change its healthcare system and put the focus back on the economy.
Medical segregationThe Irish Government has been looking to reform the way hospitals are run in Ireland to improve efficiency and safety.
It will look to change hospital management structures, to improve the way people are treated and to allow for greater choice in health care services, including the introduction of home care and the use in the emergency department of homeopathic drugs, which can be used in case of acute conditions.
Health Minister Simon Harris has previously said that his aim was to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from complications of medical conditions.
“I’m not saying we’ve got to do everything, but there is a need to do more to make sure that the health of our citizens is not jeopardised by these systems,” he told the Seanad in September.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do.
We’ve got some great medical care providers working in this country, but we have a long way to go.”
The Government has also been pushing for greater access to high-quality, low-cost drugs.
Earlier this year, it announced it would introduce a new, low cost prescription drug to be used to treat patients with chronic conditions such as COPD, high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma.
According to the Department of Health, it would cost just €1 a month, which is roughly the cost of a basic bottle of aspirin.
Its a move that could improve the quality of life for many people, as well as making the system more efficient.
Doctors have welcomed the Government plans to change medical segregation.
Dr James Dolan, the chief executive of the medical association, said there were people in Ireland who had been denied basic medical treatment because of medical and social segregation.
But he said people would still want to see a doctor, especially if they needed to be seen by a doctor in a hospital setting.
For example, if a doctor had a tumour in their leg, it could be a major issue for them to see someone in a public hospital, he told The Irish Sun.
In the case of asthma, patients would still need to be able to visit a specialist doctor if they had to travel overseas.
I think there will be a big push by the Government in the coming months to have more access to these services,” he added.
Mr McBrien said the Irish government needed to think about the “social contract” that people had with their doctors, especially when it comes to access to healthcare services.
This would involve putting the needs of the community first, he added, and ensuring people who are at high risk for a serious health condition had access to the highest quality of care.
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