Saturday 3 December 2016

Varadkar won't fix issues in health service by 'making heads roll'

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar tends to be as straight-talking in his emails and texts as he is in person. In an email on September 4 sent to his adviser Brian Murphy, and copied to three senior HSE managers including HSE boss Tony O'Brien, Mr Varadkar made it perfectly clear that he wants a HSE head to roll if there are not tangible improvements in our overcrowded emergency departments.

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In that email, the Health Minister wrote down "a few thoughts". Under Trolleys, he said: "The picture is worrying and I am apprehensive about where we are heading into for the winter. I have no reason to believe it won't be worse than last year and that really means a head, or heads, will have to roll."

But are heads rolling really the solution to our overcrowded emergency departments?

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