Government using private sector to massage trolley figures - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O'Reilly has expressed her serious concern as news broke that up to 30 patients were to be transferred from Cork University Hospital to a private hospital.
Deputy O’Reilly said;
"This is a poor reflection on the government and in particular the Minister for Health Simon Harris. This Fine Gael led Government allowed the crisis in our health sector to reach unprecedented levels and now it seems even more funding will be diverted into the private sector, away from the public sector.
"Minister Harris needs to provide us with full details of how much this is costing and what services in the Public Health Service will be cutback to pay for this.
"It is vital that patients are seen and treated but this should be happening in the public service. This would require addressing the capacity issue as Sinn Féin have consistently called on Minister Harris and his government to do.
"Instead, they are reverting to the private sector. This will not address the long term issues and this cyclical crises will continue."