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Forget the grandiose aspirations of UHI, Leo needs to get back to the health basics

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar's mandate is to 'ensure government parties stop haemorrhaging votes on healh'. Patrick Bolger/Getty Images
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar's mandate is to 'ensure government parties stop haemorrhaging votes on healh'. Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Remember what should have taken place on April Fools' Day? On April 2, the Taoiseach, Tanaiste, and Dr Reilly unveiled their flagship health reform of Universal Health Insurance.

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Our great leaders prefer podium politics to real interview engagement. It transpired to be a total sham. Despite three years trying, they still couldn't answer basic questions: How much will it cost? How will it be funded? Who will pay for it? They attempted the false fiction of a utopian panacea.

Dr Leo rightly binned it within weeks in the new job. His mandate is, bluntly, to ensure government parties stop haemorrhaging votes on health. They've no vision or plan B.

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