TDs in the Dáil will this morning make statements on hospital waiting lists
The Dáil will today hear statements on the state of the nation's health service.
Time which had originally been intended for a debate on Donald Trump's travel ban has been set aside to discuss the crisis over waiting lists.
Earlier this week, it emerged that tens of thousands of patients are not included on official waiting lists.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has pledged that HSE managers will be sacked if they do not ‘measure up and do their job’.
The promise came as Fine Gael TDs called for changes to the law so that people can be dismissed if failing in their duties.
The weekly meeting of the party's TDs and Senators was dominated by complaints about the extent of hospital waiting lists.
Simon Harris told deputies he intended to get ‘under the bonnet’ of the HSE to hold it to account.
But he also said HSE management have to be held to account as well, and Fine Gael could not stand over what was revealed in Monday night’s documentary.
He told backbenchers that if managers do not measure up, they will be removed from their role.