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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…)

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…)

Hospitals at the edge…

Posted in Articles by saraburke on December 9, 2013

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…)

Something is rotten in Hawkins House

Posted in Articles by saraburke on June 24, 2013

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…)

More unknowns than knowns in two hospital reports

Posted in Articles by saraburke on June 24, 2013

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…)

Perverse perks riddle the health service

Posted in Articles by saraburke on September 8, 2011

A healthy nation hangs in the balance

Posted in Articles by saraburke on February 27, 2011

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….

Mary Harney did great harm to Irish health

Posted in Articles by saraburke on January 21, 2011

See here for article on this in today’s Irish Times or below for unedited version.. (more…)

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