Wednesday 22 February 2017

We demand a health service fit for purpose

Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30

'Ever since Brian Cowen dubbed the Department of Health 'Angola', there has been a perception that it is impervious to real reform'
'Ever since Brian Cowen dubbed the Department of Health 'Angola', there has been a perception that it is impervious to real reform'

When it comes to a fundamental right, there can be no middle ground, and surely it is a fundamental right that sick people be cared for. That is why the State will spend at least €13.5bn this year on health.

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Yet only two weeks ago we learned how two patients - both of whom were more than a hundred years of age - were left on hospital trolleys for more than 24 hours.

There was the usual hue and cry that surrounds such revelations. Today we learn that as many as nine psychiatric patients were left unattended at an A&E unit waiting for a bed.

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