Monday 21 August 2017

Lowry could show naive Halligan a thing or two about getting things done

John Halligan TD outside Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Halligan TD outside Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

John Halligan is being pilloried for doing what politicians have done for decades - using ministerial power to direct additional investment into their own constituencies.

The level of sanctimonious criticism of Halligan's refusal to accept the findings of an independent expert review of cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) coming from the political establishment, is quite hard to stomach.

Suddenly, TDs from every political party are fans of using clinical reviews of services from medical experts to determine health policy. Or, at least, that's what they'd have you believe.

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