Sunday 24 September 2017

Karen Coleman: Why we need to get on our bikes -- and finish the job

Independent senator Katherine Zappone, Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain and Senator Ivana Bacik got on their bikes for the launch of an all-party Oireachtas Cycling Group, with the aim of promoting cycling and encouraging senators and TDs to cycle to work at Leinster House. Photo: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS
Independent senator Katherine Zappone, Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain and Senator Ivana Bacik got on their bikes for the launch of an all-party Oireachtas Cycling Group, with the aim of promoting cycling and encouraging senators and TDs to cycle to work at Leinster House. Photo: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

Karen Coleman

We can be great in Ireland at generating initiatives but sometimes we are useless when it comes to their effective implementation. Take the mess we have made of building a new children's hospital. This priority became mired in local politics, medical egotism, bad planning and bitter disputes.

And look at what we've done to our health service. We created the HSE in 2005 after the old health boards were dissolved because they were prone to political interference and parochialism. But instead of creating an efficient health system, we spawned a centralised, bureaucratic monster that became associated with health scandals, overcrowding and cutbacks.

Now, unbelievably, we are about to have yet another model of healthcare imposed upon us with the morphing of the HSE into seven directorates. Yikes.

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