Sara Burke: Shoddy proposals and pet demands - a new low for Ireland's health policy
As our newly elected politicians gather today for the third time since the election, the critical issues facing Irish citizens remain distant from Daíl Éireann.
Repeated surveys show that the state of our health system is the people's number one concern. Yet Fine Gael's health proposals (covered on these pages last Saturday) are very weak while health gets barely three pages in Fianna Fáil's 'Priorities for Government' document.
After a short, unperceptive critique of the current health system, Fianna Fáil makes promises under two headings - 'actions within six… [and]… within 12 months'. Such short-termism suggest this party is not serious about going into any form of government, never mind a government that has any hope of lasting. Fianna Fáil says it will introduce multiannual funding for health, starting with the next budget. The HSE has already sought this and there is general agreement it should happen.