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Govt’s dementia strategy is failing patients – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher said he was alarmed by the findings of a new study which has found that only 11% of long term residential care homes have dedicated dementia units. He was responding research by Trinity College Dublin/St. James’s Hospital, which revealed major geographical gaps in the provision of dementia services. Read More

Waiting list surge highlights Govt failure to address crisis – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has called on the Health Minister to re-establish the National Treatment Purchase Fund to address the huge surge in waiting list numbers. In a 10 month period to the end of November 2014, the numbers waiting for scheduled hospital care rocketed by almost 14,000. Read More

Govt Effort to Manipulate Waiting Lists Exposed by European Study - FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has responded to the publication of the European Health Consumer Index , which has seen Ireland drop eight places to number 22 of 36 in the rankings. Read More

Govt breaks another key Health promise – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has accused the Government of bowing to pressure from big business instead of focusing on public health, following a dramatic u-turn on banning alcohol sponsorship of sports. Instead of implementing a full ban, as had been promised in the Programme for Government, the Minister for Sport has vetoed the move, which will now be scrapped. Read More

Legislation on universal GP care not the same thing as its delivery – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has raised questions about the Government’s promise to provide free GP care to under 6s and over 70s. It intends to bring forward legislation on the roll out of universal GP care for the over 70s during this Dáil term, however plans to provide primary care for the under 6s remain stalled. Read More

Legislation on universal GP care not the same thing as its delivery – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has raised questions about the Government’s promise to provide free GP care to under 6s and over 70s. It intends to bring forward legislation on the roll out of universal GP care for the over 70s during this Dáil term, however plans to provide primary care for the under 6s remain stalled. Read More

Minister’s latest PR offensive more about dampening expectations than achieving results – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has accused the Health Minister of launching another PR campaign rather than coming up with tangible measures to tackle the real problems facing our health service. On the very morning when we learn that the HSE has launched an investigation into serious deficiencies in maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Minister Leo Varadkar chooses to relaunch the UHI kite and reheat a series of vague promises. Read More

Delays in BreastCheck roll-out is costing lives – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD says women’s lives are being put at risk because of consistent delays in the extension of the BreastCheck programme. The life-saving screening service was due to be rolled out to women aged between 65 and 69 this year, however following a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Kelleher it has now emerged that the programme will not be extended until October 2015 at the earliest, while the full roll out will not happen until 2021. Read More

FF demands urgent action to ease A&E overcrowding

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher says patients in Emergency Departments are being put at risk and are facing intolerable delays because of the Government’s failure to act and tackle the problem. The party has put down a motion calling on the Government to put a plan in place to deal with the crisis and ensure that patient safety is no longer compromised. Read More

Bold Thinking Needed if Western Rail Corridor to Succeed – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley TD has called on Irish Rail to engage in bold thinking in order to secure the future of the Western Rail Corridor. The call comes following reports that the Government is currently reviewing the rail network with the possibility of line closures. Deputy Dooley believes that if a proper InterCity Service was established between Cork via Limerick and Ennis and ending in Galway it would dramatically improve passenger numbers on the line. Read More

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