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‘Political accountability’ needed for ongoing crises in the health service – Fianna Fail


Health Minister Simon Harris said individuals could face sanctions over National Children’s Hospital cost overruns (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Health Minister Simon Harris said individuals could face sanctions over National Children’s Hospital cost overruns (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Fianna Fail TDs have called for political accountability for the ongoing crises that have besieged the health service.

The demands will ramp up pressure on Health Minister Simon Harris who is engulfed in a controversy surround the cost of the National Children’s Hospital while also battling to prevent seven days of nurse strikes.

At a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting in Leinster House, senior party figures complained that the party is being blamed for propping up Fine Gael amid the growing number of health controversies.

Sligo-Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry said the party needed a “political head” to show they are holding Fine Gael to account for the strikes, the hospital’s cost and the Cervical Check scandal.

Mr MacSharry also said nurses were not happy with Fianna Fáil’s output since they began industrial action last week.

He said the party should put their own policy forward for finding a resolution rather than backing calls for pay reviews which the nurses oppose.

Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív also said the party should seek “political accountability” from the Government for the crises in the health service.

Carlow-Kilkenny TDs John McGuinness and Bobby Aylward were also critical of the party’s approach to the nurses strike and other health scandals.

Waterford TD Mary Butler and Tipperary’s Jackie Cahill are also understood to have raised concerns about the party’s stance.  TDs said nurses on picket lines were blaming them for keeping Fine Gael in power.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin responded by asking the party for their “patience” so he could address the issues.

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