Friday 9 December 2016

We have failed to get our health system right since foundation of State

Published 26/02/2014 | 02:30

29/3/2013; Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., at the launch of Healthy Ireland, a new government framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
29/3/2013; Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., at the launch of Healthy Ireland, a new government framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent

THE National Maternity Hospital was literally about to fall down for want of essential repairs.

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Its board could not raise funds, government could not help, and closure seemed inevitable. It was 1929 and the new Irish Free State was just seven years old.

A year later 'an Irish solution to an Irish problem' emerged as the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes began operation. Eventually, the worst fears of fraud among those in government, who had only reluctantly approved the 'Sweep's' creation, would be realised.

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