Monday 5 December 2016

Harney health policies left us a stark legacy

Published 04/07/2011 | 09:42

YOUR report (July 1) that the HSE is planning to withdraw the transport service for patients receiving repetitive treatment for serious illness brings into stark relief the consequences of Mary Harney's malign policies.

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These included centralisation of services. Although sold on the spurious claim that patient needs were being served, this was essentially to facilitate the entry of private for-profit operators into healthcare provision.

Such operators demand that patients must travel to treatment rather than having it delivered as close to the patient as possible, for obvious reasons. The comment by an HSE spokesperson that while, "he did not believe patients were abusing the service . . . people who can make their own way to hospital should do so" demonstrates the extent of the disconnect that has been created between those administrating healthcare and those in need of the services.

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