Primary care centres plan must be revisited - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the plan for the development of primary care centres must be revisited and revised in a publicly accountable way in light of the revelation that Health Minister James Reilly added locations on the eve of the launch of the plan, including two in his own constituency. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The revelation that Health Minister James Reilly added locations, including two in his own constituency, to the list for development of primary care centres on the eve of the launch of the plan, further undermines his credibility. Once again this demonstrates that James Reilly's position as Health Minister is untenable.
“His own former Junior Minister Róisín Shortall accused him of 'stroke politics' and the alternation of a plan the night before the press launch certainly looks like a stroke.
“The basis for the selection of the announced list of locations for primary care centres now has no public confidence. The whole plan needs to be revisited and revised in a publicly accountable way.
“It is not only the ranking of locations that needs to be revisited. They need to set aside the bias in favour of development of primary care centres by public-private partnerships, as against development directly by the HSE. The new Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White should be tasked with coming forward with a new plan and this plan should be open to scrutiny by the Oireachtas.”