Following the decision by Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly to ask the Board of the HSE to resign Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD said that any changes to the HSE must be about patients not personalities.


Deputy Kelleher continued, “Minister Reilly’s announcement today raises more questions than answers. We have been told that the Board of the HSE will be replaced by a new interim board but we have no idea of their remit. Likewise, we have no idea how long this board will be asked to serve. Will this board be in place until the HSE is dismantled over the course of the next five years?”


“Minister Reilly has said today’s announcement will facilitate the implementation of the health policies in the Programme for Government, yet there is precious little detail about his pledge to introduce compulsory health insurance, his plan to remove block grants from local hospitals and what local services will survive and what services will be abandoned. Minister Reilly spent the entire General Election campaign travelling the country assuring every community he met that their local hospital was safe under his watch, but he has since given no indication of how he plans to deliver on these promises.”


“Any reform of the health system should be about patients rather than personalities. Today’s announcement is high profile, but changes practically nothing. He has got rid of a Board which he says was working well and made no changes which suggest this is a move forward for the health service”, concluded Deputy Kelleher.