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Fair Deal waiting list crisis could have been avoided – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD says the Fair Deal waiting list crisis could have been avoided. More than 2,000 older people are waiting almost 4 months for a bed in a nursing home because of a funding cap and budget cut implemented as part of the flawed 2014 health budget. Read More

Health targets in tatters with 5 fold increase in numbers waiting more than 8 months – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD says Minister Varadkar needs to urgently tackle hospital waiting lists as the scale of the crisis across the country continues to spiral. Read More

No room for complacency as Ebola crisis worsens - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson is calling on the Health Minister to outline whether he has made contact with authorities in the UK to discuss the screening process being put in place at London airports to tackle the Ebola crisis. Read More

Varadkar Fails to Secure Appropriate Health Budget – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has reacted to the failure of Minister Varadkar to secure proper resources for his department in today's budget. Read More

Study on Cork City a Wake-up Call for Policy-Makers - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central, Billy Kelleher TD, says the ‘Cork City Profile 2014’ report is a wake-up for policy makers in Cork City Council and at Government level. Read More

Varadkar should outline contingency health response to Ebola – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher is urging the Minister for Health to engage with his European counterparts and outline the contingency public health response the Government is putting in place given the increasing global cases of Ebola. Read More

Kelleher Calls on Varadkar to Clarify if Waiting Lists are Manipulated

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has called on the Minister for Health to clarify if the HSE is manipulating waiting lists to meet health service targets. Read More

Leaked health report supports FF concerns over health budget

Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD says a new report commissioned by the HSE’s Director General endorses his party’s criticism of recent health budgets. The study noted that the cost of the Government’s planned health reforms have never been estimated so could not be factored into budget allocations. It also raised questions about the reduction in staff numbers in the health service, claiming this policy will not result in the delivery of required savings. Read More

Kelleher calls for commitment on critical funding for disability organisations

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has called on the Environment Minister to give assurances that essential funding for disability organisations will be retained next year. A Government U-turn earlier this year saw funding for the Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector (SSNO) restored for 12 months, but Minister Kelly has given no guarantee that the money will be permanently re-instated. Read More

Fair Deal waiting lists leave older people seriously out of pocket – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD says he’s alarmed at escalating waiting lists for long term nursing home care under the Fair Deal scheme. There are now over 2,000 older people languishing on waiting lists for up to four months because of HSE funding delays. Read More

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