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Ministerial Statement needed on Ebola Procedures in Ireland – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has expressed relief following confirmation that the Ebola virus has been ruled out as the source of illness of a patient in an Irish hospital, but has called on the Minister for Health to make a statement on what procedures are in place to protect against the deadly virus and what preparations are in place in the event of an Irish incidence. Read More

Minister must secure resources to tackle overcrowding crisis – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher says the Minister for Health needs to do more to tackle the increasing number of patients on hospital trolleys. The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reveal an 8% increase in hospital overcrowding in July. Read More

Kelleher warns Varadkar on ‘nominal’ fees for free GP care

Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has expressed concern that new Health Minister Leo Varadkar is breaking government promises on free GP care. Three years ago the government committed to Universal Primary Care, which “will remove fees for GP care and will be introduced within this Government’s term of office”. However, in an article earlier this week, Health Minister Leo Varadkar wrote that Universal GP care “means access to your GP for no fee or a nominal fee”. Read More

Minister Varadkar needs to scrap compulsory health insurance - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has accused the Health Minister of trying to defuse the controversial issue of Universal, or compulsory, Health Insurance by claiming its introduction by 2019 is too ambitious. Fianna Fáil has serious concerns about the UHI proposals and is calling on Minister Leo Varadkar to scrap them altogether. Read More

Nurses pay should be on agenda at LRC discussions – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher is calling on the Health Minister to reverse cuts imposed on graduate nurses salaries, as part of a wider review of consultants pay. Talks between the Irish Medical Organisation and Government representatives are continuing at the Labour Relations Commission to discuss the possibility of increasing salaries for hospital consultants working in the public health service. Read More

Waiting lists increasing despite Government promises – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher says Minister Varadkar needs to urgently tackle hospital waiting lists before the crisis spirals out of control. The latest figures reveal there was another increase in the number of patients waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment. At the end of May there were over 343,000 people on an outpatient list, up from just under 339,000 the previous month. Read More

Committee Should Examine Information Lock-Down on GP Payments - FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD says that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health should discuss the issues arising from the decision of the HSE to stop publishing the details of Primary Care Reimbursement Service payments. Read More

Kelleher welcomes Govt U-Turn on medical cards

Move back to discretionary medical cards right choice Read More

Kelleher pays tribute to former FF TD Denis Lyons RIP

Kelleher pays tribute to former FF TD Denis Lyons RIP Read More

Kelleher pays tribute to former FF TD Denis Lyons RIP

Kelleher pays tribute to former FF TD Denis Lyons RIP Read More

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