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WATCH: Stephen Donnelly and Miriam O’Callaghan get into heated debate on Prime Time

Miriam O’Callaghan and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly got into a heated debate on last night’s Prime Time over Sláintecare.

The multi-billion euro Sláintecare plan is under serious strain after the resignations of executive director Laura Magahy and Chairman of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Committee Professor Tom Keane earlier this month.

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Despite this, Stephen Donnelly said last night that Sláintecare is in fact moving faster than ever.

Asked if there was political will for Sláintecare, Donnelly said: “Not only is the political will there, but we’ve never been moving quicker on Sláintecare.”

O’Callaghan sharply followed: “I can’t take that seriously, Minister. You’ve just lost the two people running it. You cannot honestly say that you’ve never been moving as quick on it.”

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“Sláintecare is owned by the entire Department [of Health] and it’s owned by the entire HSE,” Donnelly continued.

O’Callaghan countered quickly once again saying: “That’s gibberish, Minister, with respect.”

Take a look at the full exchange below:

IMAGE – RTE

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