Overseas Aid and National Health Priorities

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May 31, 2011

The Frontline:  Home and Away

Monday, 30 May 2011

Click HERE to watch to programme.


The programme focuses on how cutbacks are affecting two very different frontline services intended to help those most in need.  Immediately before us this evening Prime Time Investigates looks at cutbacks in our health-services. We’ll be discussing what they mean for the most vulnerable in our society and those who care for them. Are some of these cuts a false economy? Ifwe don’t encourage people to be looked after at home, could caring for them cost the state more down the line? Regardless of the economic rationale the human tales of devotion and survival will move you.

Irish Aid.

This year Ireland is due to spend €669m on overseas aid. If charity begins at home could some of that money be better spent here on keeping services mentioned above? And even if we don’t stop it – could it be spent more wisely to benefit people who need it most? Why did we give just over €16 million to Malawi the same year as the country’s president spent €3 million on his wedding? Should the aid be re-focused away from Governments to aid agencies? One former diplomat will spell out why aid isn’t working and aid workers detail what the cuts to the overseas development budget mean for the people they’re trying so hard to help.

Both topics drew lively debates so please do tune in and if you have anything to add just post your comment below or email thefrontline@rte.ie

 

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