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Labour keeps health at the top of the Dáil agenda

Posted on November 12, 2008 at 05:27 PM

Eamon Gilmore TD - Speaking during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil
Speaking during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil

Health was the main topic in today's Leaders' Questions when Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore asked about the cervical cancer vaccine for 12 year olds and called for the Government to go ahead with the programme saying: "Finding the €10m will not put the public finances into disarray."

Eamon then turned his attention to the Minister for Health, Mary Harney.

"As Minister for Health and Children she has not been a success. She was responsible for the establishment of the HSE to refore the health service, that has not worked. She presided over the PPARS fiasco. She was supposed to produce 200,000 additional medical cards and instead she has removed automatic entitlement to the medical card from pensioners.

"She decided to withdraw this vaccination. The Minister's 'big idea' for providing hospital beds was to turn hospitals into businesses and have them provided by the private sector through collocation."

You can read the full transcript from this morning's Leaders' Questions on the Oireachtas website.

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