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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…)

Time to publish the expert panel report on medical cards

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 31, 2014

From the Irish Independent on 31 OCtober 2014

When government parties got hammered in the local and European elections over sick people losing their medical cards they did two things. Uncharacteristically, they admitted some wrongdoing and re-issued 13,300 discretionary medical cards that had been taken away. They also set up an expert panel to advise about how best to allocate medical cards on the basis of medical conditions. (more…)

Varadkar fails to deliver ‘realistic’ expenditure plan

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on October 15, 2014

Budget 2015 analysis in Irish Independent on 15 October 2014

The fact that further health cuts are not the story of Budget 2015 is an achievement for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Since taking up post, Varadkar has prioritised securing a “realistic budget for health”. (more…)

Extra €500m prescription for health is no magic pill for bad policy choices

Posted in Articles by saraburke on June 26, 2014

THE €500m supplementary health budget finally admitted to by the Taoiseach yesterday in the Dail was always inevitable and a direct result of shoddy political decisions made by his own government. See below for analysis from Irish Independent on 26 June 2014.  (more…)

Pre-election government guff won’t ease medical card issue

Posted in Articles by saraburke on May 22, 2014

See below analysis from Irish Independent, published on 22 May 2014.  (more…)

Nursing home residents denied essential services

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Poor access to essential care services for nursing home residents exemplifies the inequalities of our system. See below column from 5 December 2013. (more…)