Responding to an article in yesterday’s Irish Times which said the deal would be worth less than half the €400 million headline amount announced in October, the spokesman said Dr Reilly had never claimed it would produce this level of savings.
Direct from the Dept. of Health's website press release on the 15th October, 2012
New drug deal worth €400 million over three years says Minister Reilly
"The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has today (15th October, 2012) announced that intensive negotiations involving the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the HSE and the Department of Health have reached a successful conclusion with a major new deal on the cost of drugs in the State. The deal is an important step in reducing the cost base of the health system. The new deal, with a value in excess of €400 million over the next three years."
The Journal reported the following back October 2012
"Reilly claims the new deal will save the State more than €400 million over the next three years, representing “an important step in reducing the cost base of the health system”.
The IT reported the following back in October 2012
"A deal to cut the State’s drugs bill by up to €400 million over the next three years has been reached, the Department of Health has said."
"The recent deal between the Department of Health and manufacturers will cut the cost of drugs to the State by about €190 million, Minister for Health James Reilly clarified yesterday. While the deal was worth €400 million, the Government had decided to make a significant reinvestment in cutting-edge drugs for patients costing €70 million a year over three years, a spokesman for Dr Reilly said."
"At the time of the deal with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, Dr Reilly said it had a value of over €400 million over three years."
So it was worth €400 million but he decided to give €210 million back to the drug companies after he and Enda had a chat with the drug companies? No press release about this €210 million "significant reinvestment" at the time and one has to wonder why?
I suppose some would call this 'spinning' i.e. "The action or process of converting fibers into thread or yarn."
Yarn = "Tell a long or implausible story" in other words untruths or lies.
Why are taxpayers paying a Minister and his advisors to tell them lies?
FG's new politics = fail!
Kenny and Reilly met major drug firm chiefs - The Irish Times - Tue, Dec 11, 2012
New drug deal worth
Minister Reilly announces ‘landmark’ €400 million drug deal