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HSE must stop ‘hiding behind emails’

04 Nov 2016

THE HSE needs to be “made more accountable”, particularly to members of the Oireachtas, according to a Fine Gael TD.

Speaking in the Dáil recently on the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016, Deputy Fergus O’Dowd FG TD for Louth said he would “love to make the HSE accountable on a regional basis to members of the Oireachtas”.

Fergus O’Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth

Accusing the HSE of “hiding behind emails”, Deputy O’Dowd said that in the past when an Oireachtas member was a member of a health board they had the ability to attend monthly health board meetings and “raise and get an answer and action on any acute care or community care issue affecting one’s county”.

“Now, we cannot meet the people in question. They hide behind emails,” he stated.

“I would like the HSE to be accountable to Members on a two- or three-county basis. It keeps reorganising itself and I do not know what dance it is doing in what counties at present, but it is not accountable. People run and hide from us and the public suffers as a result.

“I would like to see more accountability to the Oireachtas, notwithstanding the efforts of the Health Committee,” he added.

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