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Minister Reilly contradicts himself on closed hospital beds - Ó Caoláin

28 September, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Health Minister James Reilly has contradicted himself in the Dáil when questioned this afternoon (Wednesday) by Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD.

Deputy Ó Caoláin asked Minister Reilly:

“Does the Minister agree that more beds closed means more patients suffering needlessly on trolleys and more patients waiting at home in pain due to cancelled operations?”

Minister Reilly answered “No.”

But these were James Reilly’s own words as Fine Gael Health spokesperson when he said in May 2010:

“It also flies in the face of avowed Government policy that 33 of the beds to be closed are in a five-day ward. These are the kind of beds for day case and short stay procedures that the Health Minister claims we’re moving towards but Beaumont is closing them down.

“More beds closed means more patients suffering needlessly on trolleys and more patients waiting at home in pain due to cancelled operations.”

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