Maeve Sheehan: Politicians all dried up on big ideas to fix broken health service
Parties produce variations on 'throw money at it and hope'
Published 03/01/2016 | 02:30
Enda Kenny came to power with a "revolutionary" plan for changing the health service. Fine Gael's "big idea" was for universal health insurance, free GP care for all, slashing hospital waiting lists and abolishing the Health Service Executive and setting up hospital trusts.
Six years on, almost five years as Taoiseach under his belt, the remnants of Kenny's big idea are swinging in the wind. Universal health insurance (UHI) has effectively been abandoned as way too costly and managers are still struggling to contain the numbers of patients on trolleys.
The man he appointed to implement this grand plan, Dr James Reilly, was ignominiously moved from Health to the Department of Children.