Wednesday 18 October 2017

Editorial: Health fiasco highlights need for Reilly to go

Health Minister James Reilly may be set for a shuffle. Photo: Mark Condren
Health Minister James Reilly may be set for a shuffle. Photo: Mark Condren

Confirmation from Finance Minister Michael Noonan yesterday that some if not most of those people who had their discretionary medical cards withdrawn are to get them back is welcome. It was an appalling own goal by a Government that has completely lost its way since the start of the year. The ending of the controversial HSE review, announced last week, was the first step taken to correct the damage done.

News that those who have lost their cards are to get them back will be a huge relief to those affected. Many of them are among the most sick, the most in need, and the most vulnerable people in the State.

Health Minister James Reilly and his junior minister Alex White now have two weeks to draft proposals for how this self-created mess is to be cleared up. It is not yet clear whether this clean-up can be done without the need for new legislation.

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