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Pie in the sky for UHI?

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 11, 2014

See below my column for the Medical Independent from 3 April 2014 where I question whether Minister Reilly’s big idea of Universal Health Insurance will ever actually happen.  (more…)

Health system has tried to do more with less but it simply can’t take any more cuts

Posted in Articles by saraburke on April 11, 2014

Here is article I wrote for the Irish Independent on some of the key findings from the Resilience project. This is work I am doing with Prof Steve Thomas and Dr Sarah Barry in the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin. More info here . (more…)

Cuts threaten patient safety

Posted in Blog by saraburke on March 21, 2014

Fewer nurses caring for more patients increases likelihood of death, see here for column from Medical Independent from 21 March 2014.  (more…)

Stand-off on free GP care

Posted in Blog by saraburke on March 7, 2014

Doctors move to ensure the Minister’s primary care ‘Trojan horse’ falls at the first fence, see here my column from the Medical Independent from 6 March 2014 (more…)

A speech not of ‘national importance’

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 27, 2014

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. 

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Small victories in transparency

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 27, 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…)

An insurance reform roadmap

Posted in Articles by saraburke on January 27, 2014

If implemented, the recommendations of the report into the cost of private health insurance would make a difference to the Minister’s plans for universal care. Column from Medical Independent on 23 January 2014. (more…)

Giving praise when it is due

Posted in Articles by saraburke on January 27, 2014

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…)

Time to save lives, not votes

Posted in Articles by saraburke on December 27, 2013

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…)

Nursing home residents denied essential services

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Poor access to essential care services for nursing home residents exemplifies the inequalities of our system. See below column from 5 December 2013. (more…)

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