The Irish Times today is covering ex Minister Roisin Shortalls attack on Minister James Reilly. She believes he will “completely dismantle our public health service and send it into freefall”. She claims the Ministers decision to take full control over the health services (dismantling the HSE) with responsibility for the health service’s €13 billion annual budget going to the Department of Health, would result in the Minister having “complete control over the health service”, with no checks and balances for good procedures and governance. Yep.
She points out that in sacking the board of the HSE the Minister had never explained why he had done so when it was made up of “very public and well-known people who were of good standing”. This was a populist move but not a very bright one.
She also claims that when the Minister received his Cabinet colleagues’ approval for this power he withheld from them the fact that the incumbent HSE chief executive, Cathal Magee, had already tendered his resignation.
I'd urge P.ie to read this piece, without going straight into the Roisin Shortall attack mode. The decisions this Minister is making now and has made in the last two years will have a serious impact on the health service in coming years. A service you or your loved ones may need one day. A service that has improved significantly in recent years.
Reilly 'dismantling' health service - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 01, 2013
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