Aidan Davitt
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

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Reilly Must Explain Why September's 'Breakthrough' with Consultants has Turned to Dust - Kelleher

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said there will be widespread disappointment at the breakdown in talks with Hospital Consultants on new work arrangements following the Minister’s declaration of a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations less than four weeks ago.

Deputy Kelleher said: “It is clear now that Minister Reilly was misleading the public when he hailed his major breakthrough on September 17th, in an effort to divert attention from his disastrous handling of the Primary Care Centre announcement.

“The Minister has a responsibility beyond simply seeking to generate positive headlines for himself. We were promised a new dawn in the Programme for Government when it came to dealing with Hospital Consultants and again in September Minister Reilly hailed a significant breakthrough in talks only to see them turn to dust in a matter of weeks.

“Once again, Minister Reilly is failing to deliver and frontline services will continue to be affected by his inaction and lack of delivery. Minister’s Reilly’s false dawn with the Consultants last month only adds to the growing sense that he is not the man to lead positive change in the health service and it is time for the Taoiseach to honour his commitment to sack underperforming Ministers and remove James Reilly as Minister for Health.”

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