A damning report revealing the extent of the escalating chaos in the health service has raised serious question marks about the debate and vote of confidence in Health Minister James Reilly, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher.
Deputy Kelleher was reacting to a new HSE report revealing that outpatient waiting lists have actually doubled since April and that several acute hospitals are in severe financial difficulty.
“The emergence of this Report raises a serious question about whether Minister Reilly has misled the Dáil by suppressing this information until after the vote of confidence. Over the course of the debate, he and many of his colleagues talked about progress he was making on waiting lists pointing to them as evidence that he was the right person for the job. Hours later, evidence emerges that far from improving waiting lists, his mismanagement has seen waiting lists double,” said Deputy Kelleher.
“Who in Government knew about this? Was the Labour Party briefed on these figures? Does this explain the approach of Roisin Shortall and her failure to express any confidence in the Minister? This report undermines the entire thrust of the debate from both Fine Gael and the Labour Party over the course of the last two days.
“The picture that is now emerging is a very worrying one, with much more serious implications than the standing of James Reilly with his colleagues. Because of his inaction and incompetence, several acute hospitals like Beaumont Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Galway Hospital have seen their budget overspends double since April and services are now clearly under threat.
“In the public interest, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste must seriously consider James Reilly’s position as a matter of urgency.”