Minister Donnelly should resign. – Tóibín
Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín TD has called on the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly to resign. An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“Its very clear that the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste tolerate Ministers breaking the law. This was evident with Robert Troy and its repeated here. Minister Stephen Donnelly broke a law designed to protect tenants 3 years in a row. He failed to detail conflict of interest while lobbying for laws that would financially benefit himself. This is not an isolated issue within government or indeed some opposition parties, with Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin all providing us with examples. Therein lies the reason why their leaders refuse to call for accountability, they fear there are more names likely to join this hall of shame. The context of this, is a political establishment which has been heavily skewed towards private landlords being paid with €1billion a year of public funds for the provision of social homes. There is a direct corelation been this policy and a Dáil heavy with landlords”.
“Our confidence in the Minister is already at an all time low. We have 1,325,180 people are waiting on Hospital lists. That’s 1 in 4 of the population. We have record A&E waiting times with people in Tallaght Hospital waiting for up to 24 hours to be seen. Hospitals such as University Limerick are like a war zone. GPs, once the only functioning part of the Health Service, now regularly have a 2 week waiting time for an appointment. Indeed over 400 GPs emigrated from Ireland in the 1st 6 months of this year. There are 700 vacant Consultant posts which is grinding the system to a halt. The HSE is out of control. The democratic authority of the state has been inverted with HSE staff appearing on radio and stating the Minister is wrong and that they will not heed his directions, A report published showed hundreds of children received "risky" treatment in a CAMHs unity Kerry. CervicalCheck is operating a policy that states that women were never wronged and that the Supreme Court decisions and the Taoiseach apology were wrong. The Cervical Check Tribunal has been a failure where the vast majority of women have been forced into the court system. Children suffering from scoliosis are still suffering on long waiting lists”.
“Billions are being poured into an opaque HSE with out any value for money safeguards. Indeed in June Minister Stephen Donnelly confirm €71m in HSE budget was ‘not able to be validated’. There is no IT patient tracking system. This led to serious confusion in the delivery of the Covid Vaccine. We are not able to track patient outcomes in terms of cancer and other fatal illness due to the lack of joined up Its systems. The HSE ICT systems was not properly protected and the Ransome wear attach will cost over €100 million. The Minister suspended Breast Cancer Screening and cancer treatments during the Covid and the backlog has not been cleared. There are runaway cost over runs in projects such as the National Children’s Hospital. Projects such as the National Maternity Hospital are being delayed for ever and a day. This is before we get into the detail around the Tony Holohan’s secondment and the Robert Watt salary. Some of these are legacies of other Ministers but there it’s a struggle to identify sectors that have not disimproved”.