Sunday 24 September 2017

Lower expectations are just not enough

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar remains popular for many valid reasons.

But more than a year after he has taken over as Ireland's Health Minister, he has finally begun to run out of political road. The opposition have been saying for a long time that the Minister has been behaving as a pundit or independent commentator on the woes of the health services.

It has been novel and good on one level to hear the Minister empathise with suffering people rather than the traditional approach of reading a defence of the indefensible provided by departmental officials. But let's recall that the Minister is the person responsible and the buck stops on his or her desk.

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