Saturday 16 December 2017

Eamon Gilmore must sack James Reilly, Labour Mayor demands

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore is being challenged to sack Health Minister Dr James Reilly by a Labour Party Mayor in the wake of the latest revelations about the minister.

The Irish Independent revealed this morning a supporter of the Health Minister owns the site in the minister’s constituency where a controversial health centre will be built.

Mayor of Fingal Cian O’Callaghan, the chairman of the council in north Dublin, says Mr Gilmore must force Dr Reilly to resign.

“The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD must insist that the Minister for Health James Reilly TD resigns with immediate effect. The latest revelations show yet again that Minister Reilly is failing to reform our healthcare system in the best interests of the country,” he says.

“The wrong Minister in the Department of Health resigned last week. James Reilly has failed to deliver on key reforms regarding consultants pay, reducing the bill for generic drugs and rolling out free GP care for people with long term illness,” he adds.

Mr O’Callaghan said the Dr Reilly circumvented the rationale for primary care prioritisation.

“This rationale based on delivering primary care centres for areas of high economic deprivation first makes perfect sense, as these are the same areas that have a low level of GP cover. As a country we need to divert people away from congested and pressurised hospitals and towards primary care where appropriate. As a first step areas of economic disadvantage with low levels of GPs require primary care centres to plug this gap.”

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