Wednesday 22 February 2017

Pitfalls of predecessors a danger for positive Harris

Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30

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.

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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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