Sunday 20 August 2017

John Drennan: Coalition facing defections over Budget health cuts

John Drennan

John Drennan

Fine Gael Health Minister James Reilly could spark further defections from the coalition ranks should hospitals or a raft of State-owned nursing homes be closed in the wake of the Budget.

And the Sunday Independent has been told that some of the resignations might even include a couple of his own Cabinet colleagues.

In the wake of two "emotional" presentations to Labour and FG that sparked fears of up to a dozen hospital closures, 40 nursing home closures, the tripling of prescription charges and a €50 medical-card charge, deputies within Fine Gael and Labour united to condemn the minister.

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