From the Irish Independent on 31 OCtober 2014
When government parties got hammered in the local and European elections over sick people losing their medical cards they did two things. Uncharacteristically, they admitted some wrongdoing and re-issued 13,300 discretionary medical cards that had been taken away. They also set up an expert panel to advise about how best to allocate medical cards on the basis of medical conditions. (more…)
From the Medical Independent on 23 October 2014
One-in-six (more than 11,000) of all Irish three-year-olds have a long-standing health condition. These are the key findings from a new report from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, which draws on the rich data in the Growing Up in Ireland cohort study. (more…)
A short analysis in Irish Independent on 16 October 2014.
Once again, Leo Varadkar calls it as he sees it. The Minister for Health, defending the increased allocation to health in Budget 2015, said “one of the biggest differences I’m experiencing between tourism and sport, and health, is that the interest groups in tourism and sport want you to succeed – you’d kind of wonder sometimes if that’s the case in health”. (more…)
My column from Medical Independent on 9 October 2014.
Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that many key health service indicators “are going in the wrong direction”. He must have had sight of the July HSE Performance Report before it was published in the third week in September when he made that point. (more…)
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…)
From the Medical Independent on 25 September 2014
Just eight weeks after the new Minister, Leo Varadkar, was appointed to health, his Department officials released the briefing documents prepared for him. These reveal the vastness of the Government’s aspirations for health reform, as well as their failure to deliver on all of the Government’s key health commitments. (more…)
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…)
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…)