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HSE and HIQA must ensure it’s safe to give birth in all Irish maternity units

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on March 31, 2015

Op ed from the Irish Independent on 31 March 2015 on the ugly spat between HIQA and the HSE  (more…)

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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…)

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…)

A five-month wait for a nursing home bed is no Fair Deal

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on November 7, 2014

Analysis from Irish Independent on 7 November 2014.

Yesterday Minister for Health Leo Varadkar declared his dissatisfaction with the fact that there are over 2,000 older people waiting 15 weeks for nursing home care. And now that the fourfold increase in the numbers of older people waiting for nursing home beds has hit the public radar, Minister Varadkar and Minister for Older People Kathleen Lynch have a “plan”. (more…)

Running to stand still

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 9, 2014

My column from Medical Independent on 9 October 2014.

Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that many key health service indicators “are going in the wrong direction”. He must have had sight of the July HSE Performance Report before it was published in the third week in September when he made that point. (more…)

There was absolutely nothing natural about the death of Dhara Kivlehan

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 4, 2014

See below column from the Irish Independent on 4 October 2014.

Despite the HSE’s pleas to obscure the verdict at the inquest into the death of Dhara Kivlehan, the jury unanimously found her death was a result of medical misadventure. (more…)

Irish health reform – ‘incremental change in the fullness of time’….

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 25, 2014

From the Medical Independent on 25 September 2014

Just eight weeks after the new Minister, Leo Varadkar, was appointed to health, his Department officials released the briefing documents prepared for him. These reveal the vastness of the Government’s aspirations for health reform, as well as their failure to deliver on all of the Government’s key health commitments. (more…)

Kenny should recognise health service failings are ultimately his responsibility

Posted in Articles by saraburke on September 11, 2014

Opinion in Irish Independent on 11 September 2014

Enda Kenny’s remark that he was not interested in endless volumes of explanations on why things can’t get done is fair comment for the leader of government.

One could reasonably expect, three and half years into office, that good progress would have been made on many of the 87 health commitments made in his own Programme for Government. (more…)

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…)

Why who is the next health minister actually matters

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 4, 2014

See below analysis on cabinet reshuffle from Irish Independent on 4 July 2014 – New minister must realise health service can’t take more cuts.  (more…)