Reductions in waiting lists achieved by throwing resources at the problem is not a sustainable solution. Here is my Medical Independent column from 20 February 2014.
The work of the Public Accounts Committee may finally lead to some proper oversight of how our health system operates. Here is my column from Medical Independent from 6 February 2014. (more…)
When my mum had a fall before Christmas, I was impressed by the prompt and competent care at the ED. My column from 9 January 2014.
I never write about personal matters or experiences; I am just not that type of journalist. However, on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas, I ended up with my mum in St Vincent’s Hospital’s emergency department (ED). She got excellent care in good time, and so I thought I should write about a good public health system experience. (more…)
Here is my column from 19 December 2013.
The biggest challenge in healthcare is to translate the evidence base into clinical practice that results in good patient experience and better health. This was the core message of Prof Lord Ara Darzi, Professor of Surgery and a previous Junior Minister for Health in England. He was in Dublin recently to be made a member of the Royal Irish Academy and spoke on innovation in heathcare. (more…)
Poor access to essential care services for nursing home residents exemplifies the inequalities of our system. See below column from 5 December 2013. (more…)
The CEOs of four Dublin hospitals made valid points about health cuts but went about it the wrong way. See column from 21 November 2013. (more…)
Minister James Reilly’s budget shenanigans have put him right back in the spotlight. See my column for Medical Independent from 7 November 2013. (more…)
We do not need experts or reports to tell us that proper healthcare requires adequate staffing and resources. See column from 24 October 2013. (more…)