Noble health plans doomed by sceptics
IT goes without saying that the Irish public service will have to do more with less. The national recovery plan intends cutting government spending by an unprecedented €8bn by 2014. Nothing in our past history -- not even the 1980s -- remotely compares.
Health Minister James Reilly is therefore trying to do the right thing when he says he will eliminate waiting lists in the health service over the next three years, despite facing a cut of €700m in health spending this year alone.
We also agree with Dr Reilly when he says he is convinced there are better ways of doing things in the health service. Unfortunately, efforts by his predecessors to find these better ways came to nothing.