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Department of health robbing Peter to pay Paul - Louise O’Reilly TD

18 April, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly has accused the Department of Health and the HSE of attempting to rob Peter to pay Paul after it was revealed that money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health was planned to be spent in other areas.

Deputy O’Reilly called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to make a statement on the matter.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy O’Reilly said;

“This would appear to be a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul and it highlights the chronic state of our health services and the disregard for mental health services within the department.

“We cannot have a situation where the health services are so starved of funding that mental health has to compete with other areas for funding.

“Mental health services cannot be the poor relation of our other health services.  Funding for this very important area is supposed to be ring-fenced and rightly so.  It should not be up for negotiation.

“The caretaker Minister for Health should make a statement on this matter making it clear that funding allocated for mental health will be spent on mental health.”


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