Saturday 29 April 2017

We know health crisis is 'unacceptable', Mr Harris - but when are you going to do something about it?

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Unacceptable. That is the word most commonly used by Health Minister Simon Harris to describe the service that he oversees.

Since becoming Health Minister in May, he has stood up in the Dáil on 26 occasions and derided some aspect of the health service as "unacceptable". That's an average of three times a month that he lambasts the service.

Usually, Mr Harris uses the phrase in the context of waiting lists and hospital trolleys. At this stage, it's something of a stock response, employed to deflect blame when Opposition TDs denounce his performance.

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