Thursday 27 April 2017

Maurice Hayes: Reilly has taken out the HSE's brain but left its carcass

There is no advantage in having a medical doctor, like Dr James Reilly, as Minister for
Health, writes Maurice Hayes.
There is no advantage in having a medical doctor, like Dr James Reilly, as Minister for Health, writes Maurice Hayes.

DR James Reilly, newly come to the Department of Health, has implemented his pre-election promise to get rid of the Health Service Executive in the most dramatic way possible -- by publicly performed brain surgery.

In the most invasive way possible, with a minimum of anaesthetic, he has removed the board (or induced it to make itself scarce), leaving, however, the vast bureaucratic carcass of the leviathan beached somewhere in the department.

At first sight, even before they were so fulsomely lauded by the minister, the personnel on the board seemed to be the sort of people the Government had professed to wish to involve in the corporate governance of the public sector.

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