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Harney has been a hopeless Minister for Health

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 05:02 PM

Yesterday the news broke that more than 58,000 x-rays were not examined by a radiologist in Tallaght Hospital and according to the Minister for Health she was made aware of this problem in December but only realised the full scale of the problem yesterday.

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD raised the issue during Leaders' Questions and called on the Taoiseach to appoint a new Minister for Health and Children during his forthcoming cabinet reshuffle.

"If the Minister for health and Children was told by the new chief executive office of a hospital that there was a problem - and told it at a time when the Minister has been in and out of this House and involved in public controversy about misdiagnoses and problems associated with tests not being looked at and so on - I do not understand why she did not go on alert.

"What did she do between the time she was told about it in December and now when it has come into the public domain... She has been a hopeless Minister for Health and Children and it is time she was moved."

Eamon also called on the Government to ensure the 23,000 x-rays which need to be reviewed to be done as a matter of urgency.

You can view Eamon's full contribution on the you tube video while the full debate is available to read on the Oireachtas website.

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