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McDonald challenges Taoiseach on incompetence of Health Minister

25 September, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon during Leaders’ Questions Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald challenged the Taoiseach on the latest scandal involving Health Minister James Reilly.

Deputy McDonald criticised the lack of transparency surrounding the locating of primary health care centres.

She said:

“No sooner had the Labour and FG backbenchers wrestled with their consciences last week before voting confidence in the Minster for Health James Reilly last week we had new allegations of scandal surrounding the Minister.

“In a move which Minister Varadkar described as being like stroke politics it looks more and more like your Fianna Fail predecessors with each passing day.

“We have the farcical situation today where the fact that the junior and senior Ministers in the Department of Health are to meet is in itself a news story.

“We have seen no transparent and objective criteria for the 35 locations for primary care centres announced last July and signed off by Minister Reilly rather than by Minister of State for Primary Care Róisín Shortall.

“If this government believes that there is no dysfunction in the health care services then it is as deluded as the Minister for Health and is in a minority of two.

“Walk into any of the overcrowded A& E’s in the states Hospitals and you will see the results of Minister Reillys Mismanagement of the health services.

“The policy approach of Minister James Reilly is failing.

“The total reliance on public-private partnerships for the delivery of primary care centres – a policy inherited from Mary Harney has failed.

“That policy, along with Minister Reilly, needs to be removed from the Department of health.”

ENDS

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