Friday 9 December 2016

Editorial: Reilly must deliver on pledge to reform HSE

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

Health Minister Dr James Reilly. Photo: Collins
Health Minister Dr James Reilly. Photo: Collins

The Health Minister, James Reilly, came to office in 2011 promising the most radical reform of the health service seen since the foundation of the State. Bolstered by a loyal Taoiseach and the largest government majority in history, the scope to deliver that reform was as good as afforded to any minister. Three-and-a-half years later, Reilly stands battered, bruised and on the verge of being shown the door.

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His mishandling of the discretionary medical card issue cost his party many good councillors in last month's elections and has led to public calls from within Fine Gael for him to be sacked.

These calls follow widespread expressions of discontent about his ability as minister from within the Labour Party.

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