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Green Party Communications | 13.07.2012 | Back to News | News Archive
Green Party states that the controversy over Dr. Reilly is symptomatic of flawed Fine Gael approach to health
Why does James Reilly see nothing wrong with gambling on investments in private healthcare?
Green Party Health Spokesperson Oisín Ó hAlmhain said today: "The publication of Dr. Reilly's name in Stubbs Gazette earlier this week was the culmination of an approach to healthcare which see nothing wrong with trying to make money out of a wide variety of investments instead of concentrating on patient care. The fact that he became Minister for Health, and presided over the closure of public nursing unit beds, only compounded this."
"Dr. Reilly's views, and belief in his own innocence, are symptomatic of the belief within Fine Gael that the ideals of market speculation which failed so successfully, and brought us to this recession are appropriate for the care of our weakest and most vulnerable."
"We have many excellent doctors in this country working as general practitioners. It is unfortunate that patients are encouraged to see them as a type of retailer, and that some see themselves as business people, charging for repeat prescriptions, and the taking of routine blood tests (which are then processed in hospital labs at the taxpayers expense)," he continued.
"Even Dr. Reilly's contention at the election that "the money will follow the patient" is flawed, in that it follows this business model of healthcare. Following this logic, the money should be pouring into HSE hospitals, where more patients are being seen in Emergency Departments and Day Hospitals than ever before. Instead he has chosen to take half a billion out of the budget to shore up banks damaged by speculators such as himself."
"To quote Maggie Mahar, author of the 2006 book: "Money-Driven Medicine – The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much", we need to 'practice patient-centred medicine- based not on corporate imperative, doctors' personal preferences or even patients' demands, but on the best scientific research available'."
The Green Party supports a single tier universal health system centred around effective multidisciplinary primary care, but with the emphasis on preventative approaches," concluded Oisín Ó hAlmhain.