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Varadkar should do the right thing and abolish prescription charges

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 29, 2014

See below analysis from Irish Independent on 19 September 2014

Leo Varadkar has prioritised getting a realistic budget for health as number one of 10 priorities he wants to achieve within the next 18 months. All 10 priorities make good sense, some of them might even be delivered in the tight timeframe envisaged. (more…)

Radio bluff exposes how little Enda knows about health

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 15, 2014

Opinion from the Irish Independent on 13 September 2014

Enda Kenny gets most of the sound bites right when it comes to government health policy. He repeatedly mentioned “keeping patients at the centre” and the “need to reform” in his interview with Cathal MacCoille on yesterday’s ‘Morning Ireland’.

But the minute the Taoiseach is probed in any detail on health matters, he flounders and his utter lack of understanding is revealed. (more…)

Kenny should recognise health service failings are ultimately his responsibility

Posted in Articles by saraburke on September 11, 2014

Opinion in Irish Independent on 11 September 2014

Enda Kenny’s remark that he was not interested in endless volumes of explanations on why things can’t get done is fair comment for the leader of government.

One could reasonably expect, three and half years into office, that good progress would have been made on many of the 87 health commitments made in his own Programme for Government. (more…)

A pitch perfect start to the health ministry

Posted in Articles by saraburke on August 8, 2014

My anaylsis on Leo’s first media outings in the Irish Independent from 8 August 2014 (more…)

In response to Brendan Howlin’s ‘Good Health’ blog

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on July 26, 2014

Analysis from the Irish Independent on 26 July on challenges facing the new health minister. (more…)

We need to know more about Leo (and where he stands on health policy matters)

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 24, 2014

As Dr Leo Varadkar takes the helm, little is known about where he stands on health issues, see below for column from Medical Independent on 24 July 2014.  (more…)

Using health as a test case of junior ministers’ usefulness

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 22, 2014

See below for article on junior ministers from the Irish Independent on 22 July 2014.

The absence of any real achievement by the vast majority of junior ministers must call into question the very necessity of all junior ministerial posts. They have no power to make decisions or allocate money and are really just there to champion a specific aspect of a government department that is perceived to need public and political attention. Let’s use health as a test case of junior ministerial usefulness.  (more…)

Health could make or break Leo

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 12, 2014

See below for column on how health could make or break Leo Varadkar, from the Irish Independent on 12 July 2014.

It should be no surprise to Leo Varadkar that he is the new Minister for Health, sure Paddy Power had him at the shortest odds for the health post for months.

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What Enda Kenny needs from the next health minister

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 9, 2014

See here my analysis from the Irish Independent on 9 July 2014 – Who ever gets Health portfolio must hit the ground running (more…)

Why who is the next health minister actually matters

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 4, 2014

See below analysis on cabinet reshuffle from Irish Independent on 4 July 2014 – New minister must realise health service can’t take more cuts.  (more…)

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