Frontline health services are facing massive cuts as a direct result of the Health Minister’s failure to manage the budget while at the same time Minister Reilly seeks to dismantle the HSE with no clear vision of service delivery into the future.
Deputy Kelleher said: “the new structures that Minister Reilly has re-announced are at complete odds with the integrated model of care which is where all other modern health services are going.
“This new structure will enable more silos to be created and there will now be more hiding places from accountability. This new structure is allegedly necessary to introduce Universal Health Insurance which is, no matter how Minister Reilly dresses it up, a new payments system for the health service.
“People need to know that UHI does not result in cheaper health provision it will actually require people to pay more towards health care.
“Minister Reilly must also clarify whether the outgoing CEO is going to receive a €1 million payout before he leaves. The circumstances under which Mr. Magee is leaving are extremely important. It is essential that the taxpayer is aware how money is being spent in the health service particularly when there are budget overruns.”