Thursday 23 March 2017

Pitfalls of predecessors a danger for positive Harris

Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Health Minister Simon Harris is aiming to take party politics out of health policy. Photo: Tom Burke
Health Minister Simon Harris is aiming to take party politics out of health policy. Photo: Tom Burke

Being Minister for Health is a big, important job and Simon Harris has got off to a good start. In his first interview in the post, he specified that he wanted to take party politics out of health.

While health policy choices are inherently political, any attempts to take the party politics out of them are extremely welcome and demonstrate a good understanding for what is required in this tricky ministerial job.

Minister Harris intends to do this by setting up a cross-party Oireachtas committee to hold hearings with relevant stakeholders, for them to reach a consensus on a 10-year plan for health.

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