Thursday 23 February 2017

Does Ireland's public service still serve the public?

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

It has emerged frail homeless patients now have to rely mostly on themselves to secure accommodation after discharge
It has emerged frail homeless patients now have to rely mostly on themselves to secure accommodation after discharge

Is it time to ask if policies and procedures in all sections of the public service have become so focused on management systems that the primary function of public service, namely to serve the needs of 'the public', has been compromised.

Surely the way in which a society is governed is a reflection of the importance our Government, local governments and our heads of public service place on their responsibilities to every citizen of the State?

Media coverage on issues relating to principal private residence taxes, health service inaccessibility, educational disadvantage, homelessness and many other social issues suggests that the systems, policies and procedures and legislation are the primary determinates of how people are treated.

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