Tuesday 6 December 2016

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

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

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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?

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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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