Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on Health Minister James Reilly, on his return from Cyprus tomorrow, to make a full statement to the Dáil and to take questions from Deputies regarding his financial involvement in a private nursing home.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“Very serious questions have been raised about the Health Minister's involvement in the private nursing home sector and the financial difficulties in which he has become embroiled as a result.
“This is in the context of the closure of nearly 300 public residential care beds between January and May 2012 and the threat of a further 300 closures this year. As these beds are closed the HSE is increasingly funding places for people in private nursing homes. Even if the Health Minister currently has no beneficial interest in such a nursing home, questions are raised about his suitability to make decisions on nursing home care, given his involvement in the private for-profit health sector.
“The least the Minister can do now is to make a full statement to the Dáil and to take questions from Deputies.”