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Government completely dishonest on Portlaoise – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said: “It is entirely clear that the government’s 2011 decision on the status of Portlaoise hospital was fundamentally dishonest. It was a political decision taken for local political advantage. Read More

Patient Safety Authority another broken promise – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has accused the Government of failing patients by not establishing the long-promised Patient Safety Authority. Read More

Govt’s decision to dismantle role of NTPF coming home to roost – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the reality of deeply flawed decisions taken by the Government on the health service have seen waiting lists spiral out of control. Read More

Who Will Be Held Accountable for Portlaoise Tragedies?

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has called on Minister Leo Varadkar to spell out in clear terms how he proposes to establish who was responsible for the litany of problems at Portlaoise Hospital and what he is doing to ensure that those who had responsibility are held accountable. Read More

Government gave up on hope of retaining Irish nurses two years ago – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said Irish nurses are being attracted to the NHS not simply on the basis of money but also because of the government’s attitude to the profession. Read More

HIQA report needs rapid HSE response – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has called on the head of the HSE Tony O’Brien to act swiftly to implement the recommendations of the HIQA investigation into services at Portlaoise hospital. The review, which was commissioned following the deaths of five babies at the hospital, examined patient safety practices and concluded that the HSE did not take sufficient action to address these issues. Read More

FF calls for urgent statement from Varadkar about X-Ray mistakes

Fianna Fáil has called for an urgent statement from the Health Minister Leo Varadkar to explain how serious mistakes were made with potentially thousands of patient X-Rays across seven hospitals in the country. The party’s Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has expressed grave concern that the information is only coming to light through the media, while the Minister for Health and the HSE have remained silent on the issue. Read More

Varadkar disingenuous on Lifetime Community Rating – Kelleher

Claims being made by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar that Lifetime Community Rating is a step on the way to universal healthcare are basically disingenuous and bordering on the dishonest, according to Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher. Read More

Trolley figures show fundamental rethink needed on Govt’s health strategy – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the data published today by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, recording the worst March trolley figures in over 10 years, is another example of the Government’s failed health policies. Read More

FF proposals put patients at the heart of the health service

Fianna Fáil has published extensive proposals to put patients at the heart of the health service and significantly improve access to healthcare for all, from community to hospital level. Read More

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