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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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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…)

Intervention saves lives

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

The link between self-harm and suicide means hospitals have an important role to play in prevention. My column from the Medical Independent on 26 September 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…)

List of broken promises grow

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on May 22, 2013

Here is my column from Medical Independent, 23 May 2013 (more…)

Reilly’s special advisor paid €160,000 for 80% of his time, works here ‘on average’ 2 weeks a month

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 17, 2012

Minister James Reilly’s  much heralded special advisor Martin Connor, who is the most senior health policy advisor in the Department of Health’s Special Delivery Unit, is also a research fellow in Stanford University, in the heart of the silicon valley in California. (more…)

‘Cautious optimism’? New unambitious targets for hospital wait times

Posted in Blog by saraburke on January 30, 2012

On Wednesday 25 January, Minister James Reilly held a news conference to announce new targets on reducing the numbers of trolleys and wait times for hospital treatment. It was good news all-round… ‘Cautious optimism’ was the prevailing sentiment of the day. (more…)

Waiting for others to die – the only way to get a nursing home bed

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 2, 2011

HSE figures released today (1 September) reveal that 1,100 older people who are medically in need of a nursing home place and have been through a rigorous financial assessment are languishing on a waiting list for that bed. When the Nursing Home Support Scheme (the so-called Fair Deal) was launched less than two years ago it was heralded as “accessible, affordable and anxiety free”. Obviously it is proving to be none of these (it is not accessible for those on the waiting list, it is not affordable for the State as it as run out of money and it is not anxiety free for the older people and their families who wait for a nursing home bed) so what does the Fair Deal waiting list mean for those on it and why is there a waiting list?  (more…)

The health myths that have outlasted Mary Harney

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 4, 2011

See her article I wrote for crisisjam posted on politico.ie today

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