FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said there will be widespread disappointment at the breakdown in talks with Hospital Consultants on new work arrangements following Minister’s declaration of a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations less than four weeks ago.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said it is incredible that the Minister for Health James Reilly would seek to shift blame onto the HSE for his wrong-headed decision to cut services for patients with disabilities.
“Minister Reilly’s ‘it wasn’t me’ defence is not only totally implausible, it is an insult to patients and the wider public,” said Deputy Kelleher.
THE Health Minister’s decision to communicate only with Fine Gael insiders, and not the public, about the extent of the health budget crisis is evidence that the Minister is putting politics above patients, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher.
Deputy Kelleher was commenting after it emerged that Minister Reilly has written privately to party members about the crisis in the health budget and the dramatic cuts he plans to introduce. [Read more...]
FIANNA Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called for an urgent meeting of the Regional Health Forum for the HSE South following revelations that essential services for elderly patients are being affected by cuts to tackle the massive overspend in the HSE.
Deputy Martin said: “The cuts we’re seeing at CUH with transport costs for elderly patients no longer being covered are just the beginning. There is a major overspend in the HSE and significant cuts are secretly being planned at hospitals across the country with the public being kept completely in the dark about the services that will affected. Minister Reilly has failed to tackle this issue in an open and honest way from the outset.
FIANNA Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has expressed his disappointment at the manner in which the Health Minister has appointed the new Director General of the HSE. Deputy Kelleher said such a crucial role should have been subject to open competition.
“There is no question that Tony O’Brien is an extremely well qualified and capable health professional. I wish him every success in this new and challenging role,” said Deputy Kelleher. [Read more...]
FINE Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the appointment of Tony O’Brien as the new Director General designate for the Health Service Executive, wishing him the very best of luck in his new role.
WELCOMING the publication of the new HSE Governance Legislation to be published this afternoon (Wednesday), Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, said the new structures being put in place will ensure greater accountability of where and how the health budget is being spent. Deputy Buttimer went on to say that frustration expressed by Micheál Martin in the Dáil this morning over the state of the health services is pitiful considering his track record in the area.