Where are the hospital beds? Eamon Gilmore TD Leader of the Labour Party asked the Taoiseach during Leaders' Questions this morning in the Dáil.
Referencing a newspaper article which revealed that the number of children on hospital waiting lists has increased Eamon went on to ask about the promised 1,000 beds as part of the co-located hospital scheme.
"The original number of planned co-located hospitals was nine. This has now dropped to four in the recently revised programme for Government. How many hospital beds does the Government now intend to provide? Four co-located hospitals cannot provide 1,000 beds, which were meant to be provided by nine."
Eamon also asked about the co-location arrangement and when the four hospitals will be built.
This afternoon the Save Our Cancer services campaign took its message to the Department of the Taoiseach. The campaign, which is calling on the Government not to go ahead with the transferring of cancer services from Sligo Hospital to Galway, called on supporters to show their support by tying bras to the railings of the department.
The vote this week in the Dáil, which effectively culled any hopes of the introduction of a cervical cancer vaccination being introduced, was disgraceful.
It is incomprehensible that the Government and Minister Harney would announce such a programme only to snatch it away again. If there was a will there would be a way to find the costs which are between €7 and €10million out of the €16billion health budget.
All week I have listened to Mary Harney speak from both sides of her mouth on this and the constant push for screening is disingenuous, screening and the vaccine must go hand in hand.
I am very disappointed in the Government for letting our daughters down. Shame on them.
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.
Claire O'Regan, Grainne Kilmurry and Eileen Drew who are all first time candidates running in the forthcoming Local Elections and who are taking part in Labour Women's mentoring programme.
A number of different things have been happening this week on a wide range of issues, including the launch of Labour's mentoring programme for the forthcoming Local Elections, a debate on the Social Welfare Bill and another debate on the disgraceful decision on the cervical cancer vaccination.
On Monday Deputy Joan Burton launched our Local Election Mentoring programme for women candidates.
Launching the programme she said: "The Labour Party, with one third of its PLP being women, has the highest proportion of all political parties but we are not resting on our laurels. As deputy leader, I am leading a drive that will hopefully see many more women elected to represent Labour at the 2009 local elections.
Once again the Budget was the subject of Leaders Questions this afternoon in the Dail specifically rises in health charges which Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore called 'taxation on illness' and its impact on people in need of health care particularly low-income families.
"In the Budget the charge for attending accident and emergency was raised to €100 which brings it to seven times what the charge was in 1997," Eamon said.
"The charge for an overnight stay in hospital is now €75 which makes that three times what it was in 1997 and the threshold for the Drug Refund Scheme has been increased to €100 which is over four times what is was in 1997.
As elderly people from all over the country prepared to descend upon Dublin to protest this afternoon at the Government changes to the medical card in the Budget, the issue was once again raised by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil.
Eamon said: "Is it or is it not the case that the Minister for Health will be able to change the income levels announced yesterday for medical cards without coming back to the House. Is the Govt going to index link the new income limits or not?
Today has seen a spectacular stand-down by the Government on its proposal to abolish the automatic right to a medical card for the over 70s.
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD speaking about the decision said: "The announcement by the Taoiseach on revised criteria for eligibility of the over 70s represents a climb-down by a Government on a budgetary issue that is unprecedented in recent decades.
"It is a particular political humiliation for the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, who devised the scheme and the Minister for Finance who made it a central part of his first Budget."
Labour believes the Government should have scrapped the original proposal and stuck with the principle of universal access to medical cards for all those over 70.
The Dáil public gallery was packed out today with medical laboratory scientists from UCC, UCG, Beaumont, St Luke's, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the Dublin Institute of Technology to hear this morning's debate on cervical screening.
Our health spokesperson Deputy Jan O'Sullivan led the debate for the Labour Party which also saw contributions from Deputy Emmet Stagg, who used to work in the area as well as Deputy Michael D Higgins.