Friday 28 July 2017

Health has been a political football for far too long - all-party consensus is needed now

'Caring for the grievously ill - and the dying - touches the very extremities of the human condition. Even if there was a rule book, what good would it be for those charged with holding the most fickle dividing line of all - that separating life and death' (stock photo)
'Caring for the grievously ill - and the dying - touches the very extremities of the human condition. Even if there was a rule book, what good would it be for those charged with holding the most fickle dividing line of all - that separating life and death' (stock photo)

Gerard O'Regan

How do you apply sophisticated Harvard Business School management techniques to an intensive care hospital ward, an accident and emergency unit, or indeed a hospice?

The thing is, you simply can't. Caring for the grievously ill - and the dying - touches the very extremities of the human condition. Even if there was a rule book, what good would it be for those charged with holding the most fickle dividing line ​of all - that separating life and death.

For people lucky enough to be classified in the healthy section of the population, and whose kin are in the same category, the latest 'crisis' in the health service is not of immediate concern. They will feel all the more removed from its perils, if they ​have​ the protective ​layer offered by private health insurance​.​

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