Healthcare crisis: the buck stops with Kenny
Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30
Last month the country was appalled to learn of the plight of a 91-year-old man who was left on a hospital trolley for 29 hours in a hospital.
It was reported that the man was suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease. Commenting on the case, Taoiseach Enda Kenny it was "a shocking example of a dysfunctionality in the system". Today the stage is set for a strike by nurses who are seeking to highlight the impossible demands made upon them because of overcrowding at Accident and Emergency departments. Stress levels due to staff shortages and unrelenting workloads have brought matters once more to the edge. It is not quite good enough for Mr Kenny to opine objectively on "shocking dysfunctionality", as if it had nothing to do with him.
After four years as the head of Government, and having presided over U-turns on the provision of universal health insurance, and the necessity of subsidising blowouts in the health budget every year, he must do more. While washing of hands is a prerequisite for doctors, politicians washing their hands of responsibility is inexcusable, given the scale of the crisis.