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The lucky general

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Minister James Reilly has shown remarkable political resilience in the face of questionable achievements to date. My Medical Independent column from 10 October 2013. (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…)

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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‘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…)

Reilly’ rejects HSE 2012 Service Plan: pure optics and a damage limitation exercise

Posted in Blog by saraburke on January 6, 2012

Having received a hammering from the print media over the holiday period, Minister James Reilly took a media offensive on 5  January 2012 on  RTE Radio with appearances on the Pat Kenny show and an interview with Fergal Bowers on the News at One. In my opinion, these media appearances were a combination of damage limitation and pure optics… (more…)

Consultants excluded from 15% voluntary pay cut….

Posted in Blog by saraburke on June 25, 2011

It was reported in the Irish Times (24 June 2011) that hospital consultants and or their representative bodies lobbied the minister for health, James Reilly, so as not to be included in the 15% voluntary pay waiver announced by Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform on Wednesday last (22 June 2011). This was refuted by both a spokesperson for the Minister of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (known as PER). So why are consultants excluded and who earns what in the public health system?

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Consultants: dissatisfied with cut backs

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 8, 2011

Figures from an unpublished survey carried out by the Irish Medical Organisation show that over ¼ of consultants are thinking of leaving the public health system, that many of them are upset about cuts to services and their own pay.  (more…)

Programme for Government health commitments, potentially ‘revolutionary’

Posted in Blog by saraburke on March 20, 2011

The first sentence in the health section the new programme for government reads ‘this government is the first in the history of the State that is committed to developing a universal, single tier health services, which guarantees access to medical care based on need, not income’. The opening line of the full document refers to a ‘democratic revolution’ that took place on election day, how with the stroke of a pen the public had demanded change.  (more…)

So what if James Reilly is the next health minister?

Posted in Blog by saraburke on July 2, 2010

James Reilly has been rewarded for his staunch defence of Enda Kenny in the recent heave by being made Deputy Leader and re-appointed to the front bench in health. So what does Fine Gael’s James Reilly stand for and what will Fine Gael’s health policy mean to the Irish people? (more…)

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