Tuesday 23 January 2018

Kelleher defends failure to provide health policy

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher has defended his failure to produce a health policy.

Mr Kelleher said he expected to have a document ready for the party's Ard Fheis in April.

"There is no reluctance on our part to provide a health policy," he said.

Mr Kelleher said Fianna Fáil commissioned an independent examination by Professor Brian Turner of the Government's plan for Universal Health Insurance, which found major flaws.

"We make no apologies for taking our time to ensure we have a proper policy which takes into account what Ireland needs from a health system.

"It has to be equitable, it has to be sustainable. It has to be built on the fundamental principles of our party, which is access to care based on need.

"It is not a long time," he said.

Irish Independent

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