Tuesday 24 April 2018

'HSE put together in ham-fisted improper way' - Leo Varadkar

Elaine McCahill

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has claimed the HSE was created in a “ham-fisted” way.

He said if re-elected Fine Gael will continue their plan of slowly introducing reforms and dismantling the HSE.

“It was put together in a ham-fisted, improper way and financial systems were not put in place and that meant something needs to be done,” he told the Herald.

“If this government is re-elected, we will continue with our programme to dismantle the HSE which is now well under way.

“We’ll have complete the reform under the next government,” he added.

Minister Varadkar also agreed with comments made by HSE chief Tony O’Brien.

Mr’ O’Brien said the health service lacks vision and funding and has been living under a “death sentence”.

“He is right to say the HSE is on death row and as it’s probably a good thing the HSE wasn’t abolished over night and that it’s going to be around for a few more years while we manage that change properly,” Varadkar said.

Minister Varadkar added he would be happy to keep the health portfolio if re-elected.

“If I’m offered it, of course but that’s pretty presumptuous at this stage,” he said.

“I have to hold my seat in Dublin West first and I don’t take anything like that for granted.”

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