Saturday 23 September 2017

Plan ahead for flu outbreaks - it's simple, Simon

Health Minister Simon Harris talks to reporters following a meeting before Christmas with the HSE about the implementation of the Winter Initiative. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Health Minister Simon Harris talks to reporters following a meeting before Christmas with the HSE about the implementation of the Winter Initiative. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Simon says that fixing hospital overcrowding isn't simple! Moreover, Health Minister Simon Harris claims that we are engulfed in yet another perfect health storm. He says a freaky flu virus coupled with a creaking public health system has resulted in the greatest number of people waiting on trolleys in the history of the State.

That is not a perfect storm, minister. It's not even a storm. It's a routine rain cloud. As common as, well, the common cold.

The political excuses offered up for the scenes witnessed this week in hospitals throughout Ireland are lazy at best, and are right up there with "the dog ate my homework". No one was buying it.

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