FG meeting for TDS to air HSE concerns
A special meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party in two weeks' time will be entirely devoted to the HSE service plan to allow TDs and senators detail their concerns about health cuts.
It came after Health Minister James Reilly was questioned about the controversy surrounding the health budget at the weekly FG parliamentary party meeting last night.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out a U-turn on the Budget cuts to tax relief for private health insurance due to the need to cut the annual €500m cost.
He was challenged in the Dail by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, who said the reduction in tax relief was threatening the private health insurance system.
But Mr Kenny said tax relief was the second most costly for the State, with the bill rising from €448m last year to €500m this year.
"FF seems to be saying that we should continue subsidising to a higher level those who make the choice to take out more expensive health insurance schemes," Mr Kenny said.