Former Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher MEP has said that clarity is urgently required on the roll out of the Sláintecare plan following the resignation of two senior members of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Committee

“Sláintecare is an incredibly important plan that seeks to put Irish healthcare on the right path in the years ahead. It is deeply concerning to see the resignations of the Director, Laura Magahy and Chair, Tom Keane.

“Mr. Keane’s assertion that ‘the requirements for implementing this unprecedented programme for change are seriously lacking’ must be a wakeup call for the Government.

“While I am no longer a member of the Dáil, Sláintecare is still a major priority for me, not only as the former Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, and Sláintecare committee member, but now as a member of the European Parliament’s Public Health committee.

“This plan was adopted by the Oireachtas and has the support all major political parties. In fact, all the main parties included it as part of their 2020 General Election manifestos.

“Minister Donnelly must explain the reasons behind these resignations; recommit the Government to the implementation of Sláintecare, including its funding.

“The Covid 19 pandemic quite clearly showed up the significant limitations in our current health system. No time or effort should be spared when it comes to rolling out Sláintecare,” concluded Kelleher.