Private hospitals key to curing waiting-list crisis
Recurrent ideological barriers at the root of unacceptable public system problems
Waiting lists in public hospitals are at an all-time high. We now have 530,000 people waiting, often unacceptable lengths of time, for critical diagnostics and treatments. The system is creaking - and that's before winter has even begun.
The challenges facing our public hospital system are compounded by many issues. Not least the obstacles to recruiting and retaining consultants, and the underuse of available capacity in private hospitals.
As a former CEO of one of Ireland's largest and leading acute adult hospitals, St James's, and the current Deputy CEO in Beacon Hospital, I have seen the system from both sides.