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Minister for Health has failed the people of Meath East – O’Rourke

15 March, 2013

The Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath East by-election, Darren O’Rourke, has said that “the people of Meath East have been failed by the current health Minister James Reilly”, and called for his resignation.

O’Rourke spent this afternoon campaigning in rural Meath with the Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.

He said:

 “Frontline health services in Meath East have been devastated by multi-billion euro cuts devised by Fianna Fáil and delivered by Fine Gael and Labour.

“This has had a direct impact on acute hospitals at Navan, Drogheda and Blanchardstown.

“In 2013 alone almost 60,000 home help hours will be cut in Meath East, 750 health service staff will lose their jobs, 55 public nursing home beds will be closed and mobility and transport allowances for people with disabilities will be cancelled. And all this at a time when huge salaries and bonuses are paid to the top brass of the HSE.

“The Fine Gael Minister for Health James Reilly has shown he is incapable of managing the health system.  It is time for him to go.”

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