A pitch perfect start to the health ministry

Posted in Articles by saraburke on August 8, 2014

My anaylsis on Leo’s first media outings in the Irish Independent from 8 August 2014 (more…)

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…



HSE progress is slow but more patients are not waiting longer

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 14, 2010

It’s a new term for the HSE, with a brand new CEO, a new chairman of the board and a new progress report. On 9 September, they published their first figures for this year on their own performance. There is some good news, some bad, overall their own figures demonstrate progress is slow.. (more…)

Saving our public health service in midst of the economic crisis – an opportunity or an insurmountable task?

Posted in Blog by saraburke on May 7, 2010

Here is a very long paper I gave to the INMO annual conference yesterday. Also a podcast of it and other speeches is here along with the Minister’s.


IMPACT/HSE stand off crucial to health services and Croke Park deal

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 30, 2010

“Mission critical” is how HSE management have described the ongoing stand off between them and IMPACT union members. This show down between HSE management and IMPACT members has the potential to cause mayhem in the health system as well as increasing the likelihood of union rejection of the Croke Park deal.


My fantasy health budget

Posted in Blog by saraburke on November 19, 2009

The week began with Mary Harney saying that she and her Department are “looking at everything in the health service” in terms of cuts. That for the first time they “are looking at prescription charges, that a 50 cent charge may be imposed per item prescribed”. Instead of hitting the poor and the sick, here are some other political and economic choices that can be made… (more…)