Saturday 19 August 2017

Fair cuts must limit damage

ANOTHER black day for the health service? That is the opinion of Paul Bell, acting head of Siptu's health division, of the plan to cut up to 5,000 managerial, administrative and support jobs in the service. But Mr Bell may not find an echo for his view outside the trade union movement.

The system is notoriously badly run and overstaffed. The voluntary redundancy plan announced yesterday is likely to prove, not so much a black day as the first in a series of reforms which will reduce, though not eliminate, the padding.

But not even the most sympathetic observer could give this plan an enthusiastic welcome.

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