Fianna Fáil shows true colours with policy that will prolong two-tier healthcare system
Fianna Fáil is about to break its long-established habit of being a health- policy-free zone. Its much-awaited health policy is due to be launched at next week's ard fheis.
The unfinished health policy, as seen by the Irish Independent, gives a nod to anyone who effectively lobbied Fianna Fáil in the last four years, promising lots more of everything - more primary care, more resources for hospitals, more mental health services, more nursing homes - to everyone - pharmacists, private hospitals, private nursing homes, public health doctors, GPs, nurses, allied health professionals...
It slips into default position with a few more quangos - a new mental health authority and a new Office for Alcohol Control. And in good Micheál Martin style, it also promises more reviews and strategies - a national strategy for long-term care and a review of the national mental health policy.