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…)
See here my column from the Medical Independent from 21 June on the failure to make progress on waiting times in Emergency Departments and elective hospital treatment and the role of James Reilly’s Special Delivery Unit (more…)
The announcement of the hospital groups merely separates our healthcare facilities into geographical regions with no detail on what services will be provided where, see here for my Medical Independent column of the launch of two long awaited reports on hospital groups. (more…)
Here is final pre election article I did for politico.ie on the parties respective health policies. Now that a Labour/Fine Gael government seems inevitable, the interesting policy outcomes will be what type of universal health insurance they agree to, whether the HSE will be abolished or not (my guess is that it will be renamed and reformed into different bodies but with most staff doing the same job under a different employers title) and of most importance – who will be minister for health – with James Reilly being hot favourite….
See here for my analysis of the budget implications for health published in today’s Irish Times, with a few of the bits they left out added back in! And my mega typo corrected…
LISTENING TO Brian Lenihan’s Budget speech, you’d think the health services were going to be untouched by austerity in the years ahead. Although health services make up 27 per cent of current spending, they are just under one-third of the €2.2 billion in cuts outlined, yet they did not even get a mention.
If there was some level of societal consensus around what is ‘enough’, we could plan for a very different type of society, not just for a few but for all. See here article I wrote for October issue of Punt magazine on ‘Enough’.