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    Different name same carry on as the other crowd:_explosion__rvmp_by


    irishtimes.com



    Last Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012, 11:48




    Reilly constituency sites added to care centre list
    PAUL CULLEN and MARTIN WALL


    Two locations in Minister for Health James Reilly’s north Dublin constituency were added to a list of places chosen for primary care centres after the final list drawn up by the HSE was passed to his department, The Irish Times has learned.


    Swords and Balbriggan were among five locations added to the priority list for building new primary care centres announced by the Minister last July. Neither featured in lists of the top 30 locations which the HSE recommended should receive priority in the development of new centres by public-private partnerships, documents obtained under freedom of information show.


    The decision to change the list was challenged by Minister of State for Primary Care Róisín Shortall, who told Dr Reilly she found it “hard to understand”.


    Ms Shortall raised the issue again in her speech on the no-confidence motion in the Minister last Wednesday night, when she called for decisions on primary care centres to be transparent and objective.


    Government policy, repeatedly stated by the two Ministers, is that priority for primary care centres be given to areas of urban and rural deprivation.


    Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said the Irish Times report was "deeply unsettling".


    "At face value, it appears that political interference has taken place in a selection process that is both of enormous clinical importance and significant commercial value. If this is the case, it must surely be the final straw for a Minister whose 18 month tenure has been a catalogue of disorder, disappointment and dysfunction."


    Mr Kelleher said he has asked for the health committee be convened on Monday to discuss the issue with Dr Reilly. He also called on the Department of Health to publish all details of representations received by GPs and public representatives from the north Dublin area in advance of these locations being added to the HSE list.


    Documentation shows that initially some 200 locations were earmarked in order of priority for primary care centres by the HSE. Swords ranked 130th in this list while Balbriggan ranked 44th. The list was later narrowed down to 20 priority locations on the instructions of Ms Shortall.


    After the file left her office, a new list of 30 priority locations was sent by the HSE to the secretary general of the Department of Health and a special adviser to Dr Reilly. When the locations were finally announced by the Government in July, the list had been expanded to a total of 35 locations, including Swords and Balbriggan.


    The department said last night the final list was changed to bring greater certainty to the successful development of centres.


    “Experience on the ground in a range of areas has shown that securing the involvement of GPs in such primary care centres can be difficult. The difficulty can be added to in the event that the options of the HSE are limited.”


    The Government had now selected 35 potential centres for development with an undertaking to complete 20 of them, the department said. “It is hoped that by this dynamic the interest of doctors in securing the establishment of primary care centres in their area will be enhanced.”


    On July 20th last, three days after Dr Reilly announced the list of locations, Ms Shortall wrote saying, “I find it difficult to understand the basis on which the 35 locations which you published on Tuesday were selected.”


    Dr Reilly’s spokesman was unable to say last night whether any documentation existed to explain the rationale for choosing the final list of 35 centres. Asked about the fact that two of the five centres added to the list were in the Minister’s constituency, he expressed confidence that all the locations chosen were “in real need of a primary care centre”.


    In her Dáil speech earlier this week, Ms Shortall said: “Decisions on where primary care centres are located must be transparent and objective, based on health need and no other consideration. Primary care centres, just like schools, are essential public infrastructure and should be provided on the same basis.”


    Last night, her spokesman said she had no involvement in drawing up the final list of locations. The department said the list was published “following consultation between Ministers and senior officials”.


    Dr Reilly is involved in a partnership that aimed to build a primary care centre on land near Swords that was purchased in 2007. The three-man group obtained planning permission for the venture and was chosen by the HSE at the time as its “preferred provider” but the agreement was not completed after one of the parties withdrew from the deal.


    Dr Reilly told the Dáil last July the project was not being proceeded with and the property was for sale. It remains on the market, his spokesman confirmed last night. The department said the HSE was now examining a proposal to deliver a centre at another location in Swords by leasing accommodation.


    Three other sites were added to the final list of 35 locations. Ballaghaderreen was ranked by officials outside the top 200 locations, Kilkenny city was outside the top 150, while Darndale in Dublin was ranked 43rd.
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    #2
    FG by name, FF by nature.

    What was I thinking when I helped vote in this shower?
    Life is good

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      #3
      Dear God, we really need a viable alternative to FG and FF on one side and the Shinners on the other.
      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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        #4
        I'm delighted to learn that my former GP is looking after his own backyard so well. Long may it continue! Of course, after practicing as a GP in Fingal for the past 25 years, it would be absurd for anyone from outside the area to accuse him of not knowing the what the medical priorities in his own constituency are! :p

        I'm really looking forward to reading the press release from Clare Daly (also a Dublin North TD) condemning this kind of thing!
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          #5
          Originally posted by munstershane View Post
          FG by name, FF by nature.

          What was I thinking when I helped vote in this shower?
          Yea it really is FF lite at this stage. I dont know what I was on neither Munstershane but next time I am voting radical, the establishment only looks after the establishment.
          I am one of the 5 clowns woo hoo

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            #6
            Roísin Shortall really has lost all patience with Dr Reilly at this point .. she's leaving him swing every chance she gets .. there must be a re-shuffle coming up in the cabinet.
            Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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              #7
              Originally posted by lahinch_lass View Post
              Roísin Shortall really has lost all patience with Dr Reilly at this point .. she's leaving him swing every chance she gets .. there must be a re-shuffle coming up in the cabinet.
              A reshuffle all right - but not in Cabinet! I'd say that quite a few Labour backbenchers are looking forward to taking over Shortall's job shortly. My money's on Aodhan O'Riordan.
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                Originally posted by Old Dog View Post
                A reshuffle all right - but not in Cabinet! I'd say that quite a few Labour backbenchers are looking forward to taking over Shortall's job shortly. My money's on Aodhan O'Riordan.
                Her latest media soundbites are appalling. I don't know how she hasn't been sacked already.

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                  #9
                  I'd be happy to see the back of her. Pain in the arse
                  "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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                    #10
                    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0921/hse...es-reilly.html


                    Reilly has not done anything wrong, if this was the FF shower there would be no beauty parade or raffle, the likes of Bertie would have this stiched up ages ago and future votes in the bag and counting, developers/builders/contractors all lined up to cough up.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Old Dog View Post
                      A reshuffle all right - but not in Cabinet! I'd say that quite a few Labour backbenchers are looking forward to taking over Shortall's job shortly. My money's on Aodhan O'Riordan.
                      Did you see your former GP interviewed on the evening news yesterday?

                      He was far from impressive. I cannot see him surviving for another 6 months in his current position.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by glorob View Post

                        Did you see your former GP interviewed on the evening news yesterday?

                        He was far from impressive. I cannot see him surviving for another 6 months in his current position.
                        I did - and today as well. The same GP who opened up his surgery one Christmas Day many years ago to treat my very ill young son.

                        He's playing a blinder. Although he'll probably be gone soon, right enough - but that'll be because of his Celtic Tiger excesses rather than courtesy of his nemesis in the DoH.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Old Dog View Post
                          You did - and today as well. The same GP who opened up his surgery one Christmas Day many years ago to treat my very ill young son.

                          He's playing a blinder. Although he'll probably be gone soon, right enough - but that'll be because of his Celtic Tiger excesses rather than courtesy of his nemesis in the DoH.
                          Back in the good old days when you could get hold of your GP when you needed him.

                          I do not believe he is doing a good job though. He is talking the talk but failing to deliver but then it is an impossible brief and virtually impossible for anyone to do a good job there.

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                            #14
                            The hoopla over Reilly is ridiculous media horse****. I think he's doing a pretty good job so far, most of the HSE dislike him already which is a sure sign he's doing a good job. The fact Shorthall won't back him is irrelevant, but the media have the public convinced otherwise. He needs to be given TIME...

                            The fact some people are comparing Reilly to FF of the past shows the lack of understanding of what is actually going on.
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                              #15
                              ok i dont think he's doing himself any favours with stuff like this given the attention is obviously going ot be on him. Still reckon he knows what hes doing or at least has a plan but needs to add some level of political nouse (or basic professionalism and politeness) to his repertoire. Having said that if I worked with shorthall id struggle to be polite but he needs to include/inform labour in decisions occasionally before telling press etc. he got something out of the consultants, wonder what his manner is like in negotiaions?
                              He may of course have reckoned she was just being a bollox intentionally avoiding his constituency when she drafted the order of the list (if it was her who did so, report earlier suggested it was). his bull headedness is both his strength and his weakness
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