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Good for Leo, good for Ireland

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on February 5, 2015

See here column from the Medical Independent on 5 February 2015

Nobody should have to media-manage going public over their sexual orientation. And it should not be headline news that a minister is gay. Unfortunately, both are still the reality in Ireland in 2015. (more…)

Varadkar’s ‘priorities’ are bland, unambitious and confused

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on January 27, 2015

A column from the Irish Independent on 27 January 2015.
On the same day that news broke of another investigation into deficiencies in care in a maternity unit in an Irish hospital – including the deaths of two newborn babies – health ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch launched their ‘priority areas’. (more…)

At the root of the problem

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on January 22, 2015

See below column from Medical Independent on 22 January 2015

As the numbers of people on trolleys in emergency departments reached a record high in the first week of January, there was much commentary on the causes and consequences of so many people waiting too long on trolleys. (more…)

Less politics, more effort is needed to solve hospital crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on January 16, 2015

Analysis from Irish Independent on 16 January 2015.

At yesterday’s health committee, both Health Minister Leo Varadkar and HSE boss Tony O’Brien were very keen to make it quite clear that they were throwing the kitchen sink at solving the over-crowding in our hospitals (Picture: Arthur Carron)
At yesterday’s health committee, both Health Minister Leo Varadkar and HSE boss Tony O’Brien were very keen to make it quite clear that they were throwing the kitchen sink at solving the over-crowding in our hospitals (Picture: Arthur Carron)
At yesterday’s health committee, both Health Minister Leo Varadkar and HSE boss Tony O’Brien were very keen to make it quite clear that they were throwing the kitchen sink at solving the over-crowding in our hospitals. (more…)

Hospital crisis requires true leadership and prompt action

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on January 7, 2015

Analysis from Irish Independent on ED crisis from 7 January 2015

So where is Leo Varadkar when he is most needed? As the numbers of very sick people on trolleys hit a record high and hospitals went into full meltdown in the first week in January, Mr Varadkar was uncharacteristically nowhere to be seen or heard. (more…)

The year ahead will be the big test of Leo Varadkar’s mettel as the health minister

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on December 27, 2014

See below for column previewing 2015 from the Irish Independent on 27 December 2014 with misspelled ‘metal’ on line!

The Irish health service starts off 2015 in a better place to where it was a year ago. There are two new, bright, competent, younger men in charge. Leo Varadkar as minister and Jim Breslin as Secretary General in the health department. (more…)

Taoiseach, make this the best little country in the world for people with disabilities

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on December 11, 2014

My take on the abuse in Aras Attracta as detailed by the RTE Investigations Unit in Irish Independent on 11 December 2014.

The HSE reacted promptly and with apparent gravity to the abuse in Aras Attracta, exposed by RTE’s ‘Prime Time’ programme, once it was made aware of it. (more…)

Hospitals need to learn from the cases of Sally and Dhara to prevent future deaths

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on December 9, 2014

Analysis from the Irish Independent on 9 December 2014 on the death of Sally Rowlette.

The HSE’s only investigation into the death of Sally Rowlette did not identify the failures in the care she received. This is in direct contrast to the finding of Dr Peter Boylan, the independent expert witness at the coroner’s inquest into Sally’s death. (more…)

Susie Long’s legacy lives on, seven years on

Posted in colonoscopy, diagnostics, Irish Cancer Society, Joe Duffy, Susie Long, unequal access by saraburke on December 4, 2014

My column from the Medical Independent on 4 December 2014 on unequal access to essential diagnostics

Seven years after her death, a brand new palliative care unit opened last month in St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, funded in her name and honour by the Susie Long Hospice Fund. In the same month, GP Edel McGinnity expressed concern about one of her patients who had to wait eight months for an essential scan to diagnose kidney cancer. (more…)

A good service plan for 2015

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on November 28, 2014

My analysis of 2015 HSE Service Plan from Irish Independent on 28 November 2014.

The sense of relief was palpable at yesterday’s launch of the HSE’s 2015 Service Plan. HSE chief Tony O’Brien was flanked by ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch. There was no smugness or back slapping, instead a sober acknowledgement of the “welcome but modest” increase to the health budget for the year ahead. (more…)

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