Saturday 23 September 2017

Michael O'Doherty: I'm not lovin' HSE's baffling decision to enlist Harbison to improve health service

Lovin’ Dublin founder Niall Harbison
Lovin’ Dublin founder Niall Harbison
Michael O'Doherty

Michael O'Doherty

The health service swallows up billions of euro each year, yet continues to suffer from bed shortages and interminable waiting lists. Wondering why? Well, consider the following.

Ahead of a health seminar last June, the HSE approached Niall Harbison, the founder of food-based website Lovin' Dublin. He's also often labelled as a "social media influencer". The HSE wanted to know if he'd be willing to speak at its seminar.

When informed that Niall's usual fee for sharing his prodigious insights was €1,000 the HSE - rather than doing what any sensible person would do and tell him to bugger off - tried to bargain him down. It generously agreed to meet his special "charity rate" of €500.

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