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Louise O'Reilly TD elected Vice Chair of Health Committee

8 December, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal has this morning been elected Vice Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health.

Speaking after her election, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“As a former member of the National Joint Council of the Health Service for many years, I am honoured to be elected Vice Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health. As someone who has worked with health workers for many years, I am especially keen, as part of my new role, in ensuring that the Oireachtas committee hear from staff and their representatives on our deliberations on health policy and the legislative process.

"While the committee has been operational for a number of months, the work plan is constantly under review and I hope that, working with Dr Michael Harty TD, the secretariat and the other committee members, I can play a constructive role in ensuring that any and all Government health policy decisions are scrutinised to ensure the best possible outcomes for people.

"Coming from a background representing health workers, as well as representing the fastest growing county in Ireland, I am cognisant of the demographic pressures, the under capacity of the Health service and the creeping threats that privatisation bears for the future of our health system. That is why, as well as ensuring all legislation is examined, I will be advocating for further thorough policy engagement with the minister, the HSE, unions, NGOs and others involved in health.

"Policy decisions bear enormous importance on our people and I believe the committees have a role in ensuring fairness, openness and transparency.

"I wish to thank my fellow committee members for their support in putting Me in this position and I look forward to continue my work with them in my new role."

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