Tuesday 25 July 2017

Health system reform deadlock is hopefully coming to an end

Our health service is not fit for purpose but radical proposals have cross-party backing

'The low morale of healthcare staff was a recurring theme raised with the committee. Our aim is to expand capacity but also to ensure that front-line staff are valued and trusted as key change-makers in the reform programme' (stock photo)
'The low morale of healthcare staff was a recurring theme raised with the committee. Our aim is to expand capacity but also to ensure that front-line staff are valued and trusted as key change-makers in the reform programme' (stock photo)

Roisin Shortall

Most people would agree that our health system is broken. Few would disagree that something must be done. Yet so many previous attempts to sort the mess out have ended in failure, stifled by vested interests, by incoherent planning, by lack of will and the loss of political momentum, that it is difficult not to despair.

Desperate to protect themselves and their loved ones, citizens who would never otherwise feel the need for private insurance are paying more and more in soaring premiums.

Meanwhile, those who cannot afford to go private, or those who - whether insured or not - require basic emergency treatment, face a nightmare of trolleys and waiting lists.

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