Flu pandemic well-managed so far…

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 4, 2009

This item was also covered on yesterday’s Drivetime:

This summer was certainly not silly season for health service managers. Between the pharmacy dispute and the flu pandemic, there was no down time for many in the HSE and the Dept of Health. Not to mention the withdrawal of acute and cancer services from Monaghan and Sligo hospitals.

From my perspective, so far it has been well managed. From the beginning there has been, regular, very good, public communication from Dept of Health’s CMO Tony Hollohan and more recently from the HSE’s, Director and Assistant Director of Public Health, Pat Doorley and Kevin Kelleher.

They have each got better with their media communications giving clear information in a non panicky manner about how to prevent and deal with the flu, on sending the kids back to school, giving sensitive information on the deaths to date. (more…)