Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Health Billy Kelleher says his party played a key role in securing the restoration of the National Treatment Purchase Fund following the announcement that up to €50m will be invested in the scheme from 2017.

Deputy Kelleher pointed out that the restoration of the NTPF was a key priority in Fianna Fáil’s election manifesto, and the party insisted that it be included in the Confidence and Supply Arrangement to facilitate the formation of a minority Government.

“The previous Fine Gael led Government decided to abolish the NTPF despite several organisations warning that the decision would have a detrimental impact on our health service. The decision to abolish the NTPF proved to be disastrous, and led to record waiting lists in our hospitals and chaos in our health service,” said Deputy Kelleher.

“Fianna Fáil has been consistently calling for the restoration of the NTPF since 2011. We made it a priority in successive budget proposals and it formed a key part of our General Election manifesto. We also insisted that its restoration be included in the Confidence and Supply arrangement to facilitate a minority Government.

“It’s positive to see Fine Gael finally acknowledging the importance of the NTPF after Fianna Fáil insisted on its restoration,” concluded Deputy Kelleher.