Sunday 8 December 2019

Reilly gets emotional in talk about serious illness

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Health Minister James Reilly has said his "passion" remains the health portfolio but he will go wherever the Taoiseach Enda Kenny directs him in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.

Dr Reilly, who appeared emotional during a speech on acute medicine this week, said he has no doubt there will be reshuffle and accepts that Mr Kenny has to do what is best for the country.

"I will go wherever the Taoiseach directs me. My passion has always been health and that remains so," he said.

Dr Reilly was speaking after addressing a conference of doctors who care for patients with extremely serious illnesses and who may be deteriorating.

He appeared emotional as he told doctors of the need for all sections of a hospital to work together for the benefit of the patient.

"If we work together we can achieve this and deliver a service that will be of enormous benefit to all patients, their families and the whole population," he said.

Yesterday, Dr Reilly was formally recognised by the World Health Organisation for his work on tobacco control.

Irish Independent

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