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Consultant contract showdown

Posted in Articles by saraburke on April 17, 2014

See below for Medical Independent column from 17 April 2014 on the ongoing dispute between St Vincent’s Hospital and the HSE over consultants’ work (more…)

Small victories in transparency

Posted in Blog by saraburke on February 27, 2014

 The work of the Public Accounts Committee may finally lead to some proper oversight of how our health system operates. Here is my column  from Medical Independent from 6 February 2014.  (more…)

Consultants excluded from 15% voluntary pay cut….

Posted in Blog by saraburke on June 25, 2011

It was reported in the Irish Times (24 June 2011) that hospital consultants and or their representative bodies lobbied the minister for health, James Reilly, so as not to be included in the 15% voluntary pay waiver announced by Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform on Wednesday last (22 June 2011). This was refuted by both a spokesperson for the Minister of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (known as PER). So why are consultants excluded and who earns what in the public health system?

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HSE progress is slow but more patients are not waiting longer

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 14, 2010

It’s a new term for the HSE, with a brand new CEO, a new chairman of the board and a new progress report. On 9 September, they published their first figures for this year on their own performance. There is some good news, some bad, overall their own figures demonstrate progress is slow.. (more…)