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Nursing home residents denied essential services

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Poor access to essential care services for nursing home residents exemplifies the inequalities of our system. See below column from 5 December 2013. (more…)

Is health really an issue in election 2011?

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 4, 2011

With jobs and the economy top of the election 2011 agenda, is health really a concern for voters and candidates in this election?

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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

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…)

No relief for sickest and poorest in Budget 2011

Posted in Articles by saraburke on December 14, 2010

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.

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National Recovery Plan difficult for but maybe irrelevant for health

Posted in Blog by saraburke on November 26, 2010

The 4 year National Recovery Plan outlines budget cuts for health totalling €1.4 billion, 6,000 fewer staff in the public health system and patients having to pay more for essential health care. So how painful will it be in the years ahead for the health services? And will the policy aspirations actually happen given the inevitability of a change of government…

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HSE redundancy scheme a fiasco

Posted in Blog by saraburke on November 19, 2010

The HSE early retirement and voluntary redundancy schemes close tonight (19 November 2010). So are they the solution to getting rid of surplus HSE staff or just another example of inept health service management?  (more…)

What Mary Harney said would have to be cut from health budget

Posted in Blog by saraburke on October 26, 2010

Seven days ago at the ESRI conference on resource allocation in the health sector,  Mary Harney said that the HSE is facing cuts ‘between €600,000 and one billion’. I asked her that question on the door step – so what actually did Mary Harney say?

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ESRI evidence on health

Posted in Blog by saraburke on October 25, 2010

ESRI CEO Frances Ruane chaired an expert group on Resource Allocation in the health sector set up by Mary Harney in April 2008. They have published two volumes of research as well as the report of the working group. Here are some interesting findings from the 800 pages…

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€50 million HSE West cuts…

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 30, 2010

How is it after six years of mary Harney as health minister and so called ‘reform’,  the HSE West is scrambling around for €50 million of cuts.

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