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The Absence of Dignity for our Older Citizens in Hospitals is a National Disgrace – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has condemned the treatment of our older citizens within the country’s hospital network, describing the ongoing situation as a national disgrace. Read More

Will Someone tell Leo Varadkar he’s the Minister?

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has expressed frustration following Minister Leo Varadkar’s latest media appearances and his continued refusal to understand that he is now the person in charge of our health system. Read More

Hospital services meltdown on the cards as Overcrowding crisis continues – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD says the health service is facing into months of chaos unless radical action is taken to relieve the pressure on our hospital system. The latest figures from Minister Kathleen Lynch reveal the number of older people waiting for a place on the Fair Deal scheme has risen again, thereby increasing the burden on hospitals across the country. Read More

Kelleher Condemns Mixed Messages on Fair Deal

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has condemned what he described as the mixed messages coming from Government on the future of Fair Deal. His comments come following two completely contradictory contributions from Minster Kathleen Lynch in the Irish Times and on RTÉ Radio One. Read More

FF calls for clarity over Health Budget Negotiations

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher is calling on the Health Minister to release the correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health in the run up to last year’s Budget. It’s being reported that the HSE wrote to the Department seeking a budget allocation of €1.4bn last September, only €625m was secured after Minister Leo Varadkar claimed he was only seeking a “neutral health budget”, despite the spiralling budget overruns. Read More

Drogheda Maternity Revelations Underline Need for New National Maternity Strategy – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has responded to the claims made in last night’s RTÉ Prime Time investigation into undiagnosed breech births in the maternity unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Read More

Roll out of under 6s GP care ignores medical needs – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher says the roll out of free GP care to the under 6s should not be prioritised over the provision of medical cards to people with life limiting conditions. Hundreds of GPs across the country are refusing to sign up to the Government’s contract to cover the under 6s care plan, and the scheme could be nearing collapse. Read More

Trolley crisis back in critical condition – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher is warning that another escalation in the overcrowding crisis in hospital Emergency Departments cannot be ruled out. Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show the numbers of people on trolleys rising steadily, from 362 last Friday, to 518 yesterday and now up to 523 this morning. Read More

Govt must ensure that minimum alcohol prices are introduced without delay - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s decision to introduce minimum prices for alcohol. The Cabinet has signed off on a long delayed Bill designed to tackle alcohol abuse. Read More

Overcrowding crisis re-emerges in hospital Emergency Departments – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has expressed concern following another dramatic rise in the number of people waiting on trolleys in hospital Emergency Departments. The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show there are 518 people waiting on trolleys in Emergency Departments across the country, with 54 people awaiting admission at University Hospital Limerick. Read More

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