Cork North Central Constituency

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Minister must take ownership of waiting list meltdown – FF

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has accused the Health Minister of presiding over the complete disintegration of hospital waiting list system. It comes as figures from the National Treatment Purchase fund reveal that more than 400,000 people are on waiting lists for in- and outpatient appointments. Read More

Minister must prioritise expansion of DEIS programme – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to extend the DEIS programme to more schools, following an ESRI report which found the programme was leading to better outcomes for students in disadvantages areas. Read More

Latest Portlaoise revelations raise very serious questions for Govt – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the latest revelations about patient safety at Portlaoise Hospital raise very serious questions for the Government that must be answered as a matter of urgency. Read More

Varadkar acts on Fair Deal funding at long last – Kelleher

Responding to Minister Varadkar’s announcement of extra funding for the Fair Deal and tackling the trolley crisis, Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher commented: “Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called for more places under the Fair Deal scheme and I am glad these calls have been heeded. Today’s announcement has been a long time coming from this government but it is to be welcomed. Read More

Cork children losing out on essential disability services – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Billy Kelleher says children with disabilities are being neglected because of a lack of Early Intervention and school age disability services in the city. HSE figures released through a Parliamentary Question reveal that there are no Early Intervention Teams and no network disability services for children in the Cork North region. Read More

FF calls on Varadkar to order immediate publication of Portlaoise Report

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Minister for Health to order the immediate publication of a report into the deaths of five babies at Portlaoise Hospital. Read More

Exploitation of Junior Doctors must stop – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said there is no excuse for the continued exploitation of junior doctors in direct breach of the EU’s Working Time Directive. Read More

Failure to act on GP recruitment crisis amounts to another attack on rural Ireland – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the Government’s failure to act on the escalating crisis in GP recruitment has left more than 30 rural communities without a vital primary healthcare service. Read More

Escalating waiting lists reinforce need for NTPF model – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has called on the Minister for Health to stop ignoring the waiting list crisis and to bring in measures to address it. Deputy Kelleher says urgent action is needed to reduce the exorbitant waiting times, and to ensure people are treated in a timely and effective manner. Read More

Varadkar in Denial on Drugs Crisis

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has responded to Minister Leo Varadkar’s defence of the Government’s failure on drug abuse. He has also called on the Taoiseach to confirm whether or not he will be restoring the position of Drugs Minister. Read More

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