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Minister’s fantastical figures

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Minister James Reilly’s budget shenanigans have put him right back in the spotlight. See my column for Medical Independent from 7 November 2013. (more…)

Quality care comes at a cost

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

We do not need experts or reports to tell us that proper healthcare requires adequate staffing and resources. See column from 24 October 2013. (more…)

The lucky general

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Minister James Reilly has shown remarkable political resilience in the face of questionable achievements to date. My Medical Independent column from 10 October 2013. (more…)

Something is rotten in Hawkins House

Posted in Articles by saraburke on June 24, 2013

See here my column from the Medical Independent from 21 June on the failure to make progress on waiting times in Emergency Departments and elective hospital treatment and the role of James Reilly’s Special Delivery Unit  (more…)

James Reilly’s well paid advisors

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 26, 2012

James Reilly, Minister for Health is over  his quota of ministerial advisors and without any specific expertise in his priority area of health reform – universal health insurance… (more…)

Reilly’s special advisor paid €160,000 for 80% of his time, works here ‘on average’ 2 weeks a month

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 17, 2012

Minister James Reilly’s  much heralded special advisor Martin Connor, who is the most senior health policy advisor in the Department of Health’s Special Delivery Unit, is also a research fellow in Stanford University, in the heart of the silicon valley in California. (more…)

Perverse perks riddle the health service

Posted in Articles by saraburke on September 8, 2011

Waiting for others to die – the only way to get a nursing home bed

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 2, 2011

HSE figures released today (1 September) reveal that 1,100 older people who are medically in need of a nursing home place and have been through a rigorous financial assessment are languishing on a waiting list for that bed. When the Nursing Home Support Scheme (the so-called Fair Deal) was launched less than two years ago it was heralded as “accessible, affordable and anxiety free”. Obviously it is proving to be none of these (it is not accessible for those on the waiting list, it is not affordable for the State as it as run out of money and it is not anxiety free for the older people and their families who wait for a nursing home bed) so what does the Fair Deal waiting list mean for those on it and why is there a waiting list?  (more…)

Uphill struggle ahead as Reilly finishes first term in health

Posted in Blog by saraburke on July 29, 2011

As the political season ends and James Reilly gives an upbeat speech to the MacGill summer school, immense challenges face him now and when the autumn season begins… (more…)

No surprise that ‘Fair Deal’ has run out of money

Posted in Blog by saraburke on May 20, 2011

Just 20 months old, the nursing home support scheme (named the Fair Deal) has run out of money, so what will happen older people in need of nursing home care and why are we only hearing about this now?  (more…)