Saturday 23 September 2017

The poisoned chalice

THE news that almost €30m of newly created hospital beds lie empty because back-up services -- including staff -- are not in place might be dismissed as just another symptom of our national penury were it not so typical of the Health Service Executive's strange approach to developing new services.

A consultant today describes in detail the HSE's bizarre "incremental approach" to implementing change, whereby it can take many years to finalise a project.

He tells of a colleague who had to work out of the boot of his car for the first six months because it had not occurred to anybody that the new appointee might require an office.

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