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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…)

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…)

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…)

Minister’s fantastical figures

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Minister James Reilly’s budget shenanigans have put him right back in the spotlight. See my column for Medical Independent from 7 November 2013. (more…)

Quality care comes at a cost

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

We do not need experts or reports to tell us that proper healthcare requires adequate staffing and resources. See column from 24 October 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…)

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…)

James Reilly – a year as health minister

Posted in Blog by saraburke on March 2, 2012

So it’s just one year since James Reilly took up the mantle as health minister. What did he promise us and how is he doing?

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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…)

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