The real cost of being sick

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 22, 2015

My Medical Independent column from 22 October 2015
Everyone knows the Irish health system is complicated. It’s very hard for citizens to negotiate. Even health professionals find it infuriating to access services for people for whose care they are responsible. It is also well known that healthcare in Ireland is terribly unequal, that those with either cash or private health insurance can often secure faster access to essential diagnosis and treatment.


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…)

Health in a time of austerity

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Here is my Medical Independent column from 29 August 2013. It is too early to say what effect the economic crisis is having on the nation’s health, despite recent claims in the BMJ. (more…)