Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has described comments made by the Minister for Health today as “quite extraordinary.”
Deputy Kelleher was responding to Minister Varadkar’s statement that the health service was “nowhere near where we need to be.”
Deputy Kelleher said: “This Government is in office almost five years, we’ve had two ministers for health and Fine Gael told the whole country they had a costed credible plan for the health service which they have since been forced to abandon entirely. It’s is simply not good enough for Minister Varadkar to glibly say in an interview that ‘we’re nowhere near where we need to be.’ Perhaps he’d like to do something about it?
“I have been warning for months, based on the information coming forward from frontline workers and the never ending crisis in the health budget that we were storing up huge problems for the health service this winter. Now, we see again, over 500 patients waiting on trolleys in hospitals around the country. No privacy, no dignity. I find it extraordinary that we’re here again to be honest.
“The Minister may be getting a sense of what it’s like in some of the most overcrowded hospitals on his whistle-stop tour today but eight weeks out from a general election what he really needs to do is deliver the beds and staff needed to improve the situation for patients.”