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 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…)