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Health Minister has no shred of credibility left – Ó Caoláin

26 November, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that Health Minister James Reilly has no shred of credibility left. He said his handling of the primary care centres issue and the savage cutbacks he has imposed on health services show that he is not fit to lead.

He said:

“Health Minister James Reilly has no shred of credibility left. His handling of the primary care centre location issue has been a disaster from start to finish. The FOI revelations at the weekend confirmed that he was involved in stroke politics in the addition of locations to the list of primary care centres on the very eve of the announcement of the list last July.

“As far back as early October I sought under FOI from the Department of Health the background documentation to the selection of primary care centre locations. On 6 November the Department sought an extension to 5 December to release the information. Yet some of the material sought was released to the Irish Times last Friday. It seems we are getting a drip-feed of information to try to minimise the impact.

“This Minister has imposed savage health cutbacks, including cuts to home help and home care for some of the most needy of our people. He slashed the health Budget for 2012, resulting in these cutbacks, and is now seeking a supplementary budget. He is not fit to lead and should resign or be dismissed.” ENDS

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