Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has called on the Minister for Health to make an immediate statement to explain why Wexford General Hospital was granted an upgrade despite it not being listed as a priority in the HSE Capital Plan.
Deputy Kelleher was reacting to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request which has revealed that Wexford General Hospital was not a priority project despite it being accelerated for upgrade.
“Minister Reilly needs to make an immediate statement to clarify why Wexford General Hospital was fast-tracked for upgrade,” said Deputy Kelleher.
“If the HSE concluded that Wexford General was not a priority, on what basis did Minister Reilly overrule this and seek funding for its upgrade?
“What role had Wexford TD and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin in the process?
“As the details of this episode emerge through FOI answers, an unedifying picture is emerging. Minister Reilly should try to avoid a repeat of the debacle over primary care centres in his constituency and come clean with the full details immediately.
“The Health Service has lurched from one crisis to another under James Reilly’s leadership. As yet another one unfolds, health professionals everywhere will hope that he has learned from past mistakes and shows some transparency and accountability in this instance.”