Tuesday 17 January 2017

Embarrassing HSE needs serious reform, not a five-point plan

As a doctor working in both the private and public sectors, consultant ophthalmologist Michael O'Keeffe is worried about the HSE

Michael O'Keeffe

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

CRISIS POINT: 6,751 patients in emergency departments had to wait on trolleys around the country last month
CRISIS POINT: 6,751 patients in emergency departments had to wait on trolleys around the country last month

People are not being seen and are not being treated. The phones don't get answered. If you ring up any department, most of the time there will be nobody at the end of the phone. If you get an answering machine, nobody will get back to you. You wait in limbo because this is the public health system.

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Just a short walk away at a private hospital, things are far more serene. A well-oiled machine will run as it should and so should all of our hospitals. Unfortunately, it is clear that public hospitals have been neglected for some time.

The result is the looming threat of more privatisation in our health service and the possibility that the public will relinquish control of how we treat our sick.

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