Monday 5 December 2016

Harris needs to avoid radical surgery in health system reform

The minister for 'Angola' has put the onus on TDs to come up with a workable model that will endure, writes Eoin O'Malley

Eoin O'Malley

Published 05/06/2016 | 02:30

'By asking others to agree the long-term vision for the health service, Harris recognises that he cannot deliver radical change and that reforming the health service will take decades, rather than years.' Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
'By asking others to agree the long-term vision for the health service, Harris recognises that he cannot deliver radical change and that reforming the health service will take decades, rather than years.' Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The French architect Le Corbusier thought that crowded cities were bad for people. He tried to refashion them and create new urban designs with a building style that became known as Brutalism. He thought he could change how cities worked.

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As an experiment in urban planning, it failed. Many of the attempts at redesigning cities have been knocked down or those living in them wish they would be.

It shouldn't surprise us. Most attempts at fundamental reform fail. They either fail to get off the ground or, if implemented, they fail to achieve what they were meant to.

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