Galway Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív has become to latest TD to call for the resignation of Minister for Health Dr James Reilly.
In a statement this evening, Deputy Ó Cuív said it was time for the beleagured Minister to step down, adding that Fianna Fáil will table a motion of no confidence if Dr Reilly “refuses to go”.
“People right across the West of Ireland are furious and extremely worried about the impact of savage cuts to our local health services. They feel let down by James Reilly and the local Government TDs who made solemn promises in relation to our health services before they were elected,” he said.
“Before he was appointed Minister, James Reilly himself promised the public that the day he withdrew services with nothing in their place he would ‘walk away’.”
The Connemara TD continued to list Minister Reilly’s “broken promises”, including the downgrading of Roscommon Hospital, which he said had put “enormous pressure” on Galway University Hospital.
“Now we face the threat of more bed closures and ward closures across hospitals in this region and vulnerable patients receiving treatment at home have been singled out for targeted cuts. People are rightly wondering, what has happened to all the promises they were made before the election?”
Deputy Ó Cuív slammed Minister Reilly’s reign as “a story of disappointment, disruption, dysfunction and chaos”, highlighting his “failure to give any leadership” as a symptom of his “complete inability to lead reform in our heath system.
“The controversy following his announcement of €130 million in cuts to the most vulnerable and his refusal to personally explain his rationale has finally opened the eyes of his own Government colleagues to the effect he is having on health services.
“All confidence in Minister Reilly and his leadership of the Department of Health has now gone. I would call on him to live up to the promise he made before the election, when he said that the day he withdrew services with nothing in their place he would walk away.”