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New Cancer treatment with Antineoplastons (Ministers reply)

James Reilly to me

REF.New Cancer treatment with Antineoplastons

see posting : http://thepressnet.com/2011/10/03/antineoplastons-cancer-drugs-in-fda-trials-since-1995-results-publicly-audited-by-congress-to-gain-final-fda-approval/

I acknowledge receipt of your email.  Your correspondence will be brought to the attention of Dr James Reilly T.D., Minister for Health and to the relevant officials in the Department of Health.  If the content of your correspondence relates to the functions of another Minister’s department, it will be brought to their attention for direct reply.                                                                                                                                                                Yours Sincerely,                                                                                                                    Constituency Office of Dr James Reilly T.D., Minister for Health                                           Unit 3, 1st Floor, Chamber Building                                                                                      Street,                                                                                                                         Swords,

A&E services must be taken away because of Health and safety concerns?

By  RTE News

About 5000 people have turned out in Portlaoise this afternoon, to protest over plans to downgrade the Midland Regional Hospital in the town.

It comes amid concerns that a shortage of junior doctors would see the removal of 24 hours emergency services from the hospital.

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan has insisted the Midland Regional Hospital will not see any curtailment of services.

The HSE say they will be able to maintain 24 hour emergency services from 11 July, pending a number of remaining junior doctor posts being filled as anticipated.

Speaking at the protest this afternoon, Chairperson of the Portlaoise Hospital Action Group, Kathleen O’Brien called on the Minister for Health James Reilly to upgrade and maintain services at the hospital.

Source : http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0703/portlaoise.html

Comment :

There appears to be a pattern here, any services that a
local authority or in this case the HSE do not want ,they maintain that is
because of a Health and safety risk .What a laugh!

Wicklow hospital ,was closed because of such triumph up concerns.
We have allowed this Health and safety lark to destroy entrepreneurship. I
wanted to set up a business along the coast here in Wicklow but had to give up
because of health and safety concerns and the enormous costs of public liability
insurance .But allowing the government to use this health & safety lark to
close down hospitals is going too far. Nowhere else in the world would the
people put up with this absolute crap? As previously called upon I call again
to all workers in the various hospitals around the country to come together and
force the government to back down .Get your Unions to make a stand.

The Health services we have struggled to create must now not be taken away from us because of incompetent politicians who are serving their true masters in Brussels and
in the IMF. These cuts are been implement because there are  no more Funds available to keep the hospitals going .After they continue to bail out toxic and corrupt banks .The current government promised “not one red cent more”yet next
week they will be pumping another 5billion into the corrupt institution  AIB .
 It has nothing to do with better services or centres of excellence this is the spin we are been fed .The bottom line is if you want these services close to you, You must get up off your arse and stand with the rest of us that seem to do all the fighting for our local
services and send a message to your local TD’ and make it clear this is the
last straw ,no more spin no more promises of centres’ of excellent  we want to keep our local hospital services or else !

Tell them  to take “CUTS” in their own Salaries and those of the outrageously overpaid consultants!

The new Government have reneged on their promises to the public and even
today I see Eamon Gilmore stating that there will be more cuts on the way .This
madness of pumping billions into criminal toxic banks is insane. This is downright
treachery of the Irish nation!


Fine Gael’s empty promises of universal health care

By Eilish O’Regan

Monday February 07 2011

Fine Gael will not be able to begin introducing a system of universal health insurance — ending the current public and private divide — for another five years, it emerged yesterday.

And it will take the best part of a decade before it is fully rolled out across the population , the party’s spokesman on health Dr James Reilly said.

He was outlining the timescale for the system which aims to see an end to queue-jumping by private patients with everyone in the country insured and on an equal footing.

Under the scheme to be phased in from 2016, GP care will be free and the State will pay premiums for children, students and medical card holders.

The majority of the population would pay no more than €300 annually per person. But he could not say what the cost of the other 44pc with higher incomes would be.

“It will take two terms to implement and may take further into the second term to implement it,” he said.

A more immediate promise was to “bring down waiting lists” and build strong community services where people with long-term illnesses, like diabetes, could go to be treated.

Dr Reilly gave no targets for reducing lists but said they would be borrowing a successful scheme introduced in Northern Ireland, which would see “a special delivery unit” set up nationally comprised of doctors and managers.

“They will meet with the manager of each hospital and once targets are agreed they are immovable. They will report weekly and sometimes daily to the Minister for Health. If there is a problem with resources this will be addressed and if a consultant is not doing the job they will be dealt with.”


He said he had not budgeted for extra hospital consultants to cut these waiting lists but believed it was possible to free up large hospitals and move routine work to smaller ones.

The party also said it would “abolish” the HSE and shed 8,000 backroom jobs over four years. Two thousand of these will go through a voluntary redundancy scheme costing €400m and the rest through natural wastage.

By 2014 he plans to dismantle the HSE, creating an interim Healthcare Commissioning Authority, which will only exist until the system of universal health insurance is in place.

Dr Reilly said this authority would purchase services from hospitals, which would no longer get a block grant annually.

Instead they would be paid per patient treated.

Dr Reilly said if Fine Gael was elected to government he would not be ordering the automatic opening of closed hospital beds, despite the high numbers of people who remain on hospital trolleys.

Fine Gael will also not be lifting the moratorium on recruitment but would aim to be more flexible in areas of the health service badly hit by staff shortages.

Asked about costings for the plan, Dr Reilly said the universal health insurance could be funded by using the existing €14bn in health spending and another €4bn currently paid in premiums to private health insurers.

Hospital consultants who are on public salaries of around €180,000 would no longer be able to top up their income with €300,000 in private fees once it was introduced. This would entail negotiating a new contract with specialists, he said.

Some €200m could be saved by the use of generic and cheaper medicines, he added. And the overtime and agency bill of €1.1bn could be cut.

“A huge amount of savings could also be made by moving people who can be treated in the community out of hospital. There are around 9,000 people attending the diabetic clinic in St James’s hospital who don’t need to be seen in a hospital,” he said.

– Eilish O’Regan



Under closer scrutiny we see that the promises from Fine Gael are now not what they led us to believe! Again we have proof that promises from the established political parties are not worth the paper they are not written on!

We now see that they are just as good at pulling strokes as Fianna Fail was.

They cannot be trusted ,at this rate I will be dead before I will have the health care that I have been paying for the past 27 years .Fine Gael are protecting their buddies (the consultants) after all , so Universal health care is just an empty promise!

Taxpayers getting shafted once again

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 2, 2010



Who will benefit from the early retirement/voluntary redundancy schemes? 

The schemes will be primarily aimed at staff in managerial/administrative and clerical grades in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and in voluntary health service agencies funded by the HSE. They will also be offered to support staff, such as catering, portering, cleaning and maintenance personnel. Approval for applications from these grades will depend on the number of management and administrative staff who apply and on the basis of the overall budget for the scheme not being breached.

How many people will leave? 

This will very much depend on the categories of staff who opt for the packages. The Government has capped the budget for the schemes at €400 million and if a large number of senior managers choose to go, it will restrict the overall numbers.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said about 4,000 managerial and administrative staff could leave. The HSE said it was estimating that between 3,000 and 5,000 personnel could go.

How do the two schemes differ? 

There is a voluntary early retirement scheme, which is open to employees over 50. This provides for immediate payment of pension entitlements on retirement with no actuarial reduction in respect of payment prior to minimum retirement age. Full lump-sum entitlement will also be paid and payments will not take into account the salary cuts introduced in the public service earlier this year.

The voluntary redundancy scheme will involve a severance payment of three weeks’ pay per year of service in addition to statutory entitlements, subject to an overall limit of two years’ pay. This could see some senior managers getting €300,000.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Applications will have to be submitted by November 19th. Staff who take a package must leave the health service by December 30th.

Will all applications be accepted? 

Applications from managerial/ administrative staff will be prioritized and will be approved automatically, subject to the overall €400 million budget not being breached.

How will services be maintained? 

Management plans to use the provisions of the Croke Park agreement to redeploy staff or introduce more flexible work practices. Much will depend on the type of staff who actually leave. It may be easier to maintain services in administrative areas than if a large number of porters or catering staff, for example, from one organization took the packages.

Why are these packages on offer now? 

Since the establishment of the HSE in 2005 there have been questions raised as to why there was no rationalization of administrative and managerial staff given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated. On at least two occasions in recent years the HSE and the Department of Health drew up proposals for a voluntary redundancy scheme but these were rejected by the Department of Finance.

source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/1102/1224282482579.html


Having signed the Croke Park deal the government now have realized it was a disaster for the taxpayers of the country with 70% of the Health Services Budget going on salaries, this commitment should never have happened because the country could not afford to shelter any group of state employees if it was going to make any real savings  

So Not only is the HSE now closing down services and hospital beds they have now found 450,000,000:00 Euros to allow these middle management to retire laden down with these bumper benefits

Earlier this year we were told citizens will have to work an extra 3 years for the state pension (68)

With this deal thousands of state workers get to have their state pension up to 18 years earlier and this when the country is broke?

We the taxpayers were told back in 2005 that the rationalization of administrative and managerial staff was one of the reasons for the establishment of the HSE in the First place, given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated.

Now the taxpayers are again getting a raw deal here and the ordinary Joe public is been shafted once again having to foot the bill again! If you thought things were bad in the Health Service think again we are about to feel real pain now thanks to Harney.

Harney your hands are stained with blood and you know the country hasn’t got this 450 million it has to be borrowed why don’t you go and take all your cronies with you?

Still the same incompetence!

Cowen’s cabinet line-up


Brian Cowen

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills 

Mary Coughlan

Minister for Finance 

Brian Lenihan

Minister for Health and Children 

Mary Harney

Minister for Transport 

Noel Dempsey

Minister for Justice and Law Reform 

Dermot Ahern

Minister for Foreign Affairs 

Micheál Martin

Minister for Social Protection 

Éamon Ó Cuív

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 

Mary Hanafin

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 

John Gormley

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 

Eamon Ryan

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation 

Batt O’Keeffe

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 

Brendan Smith

Minister for Defence 

Tony Killeen

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs 

Pat Carey

Attorney General 

Paul Gallagher

We see again that incompetence is ignored at the very top of Irish Politics

Cowen is rewarding his buddies and to hell with the rest of the people!

By surrounding himself with this clapped out and worn out bunch

We the people are going to be at the receiving end of yet more pain.

The Greens have now all but thrown in the towel and have being totally consumed in their self interest in big jobs and pensions for themselves

It is so sickening to see their blatant scramble over the crumbs from the Fiannia Fail Table

Talk about a bunch of wasters and sell outs

It’s just sickening!

When will the people rise up and get these leaches off our backs?

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