Friday 18 August 2017

Deirdre Conroy: Invest in your future health - for the price of a few beers

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Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

Excuse me while I park my dignity and ask a stupid question. We vote for people to run the country - which includes managing a functioning health service - but we have serial mismanagement, so why are those responsible paid more than some world leaders?

Elected politicians continue to appoint advisers and managers to execute their mandate, but systemic failure, particularly in health and housing, has been the outcome in the last five years.

Fifty-two new management appointments to the HSE have only added to the copper-fastened contracts beloved of the public service. In the private sector, most new jobs are devoid of contracts, even rarer are health insurance benefits or pension entitlements. 'Entitlement' is a foreign word for the self-employed.

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