Monday 25 September 2017

Health and wealth

• So, the unthinkable happens. A government minister, Roisin Shortall, resigns. A rare event in Irish political life. Much of the current discussion, however, is focused on the manner in which Minister James Reilly prioritised two primary health care centres in his own constituency.

But there is a far more serious issue at play. Ms Shortall claims that Mr Reilly is continuing former minister Mary Harney's agenda of privatising Irish medicine America-style.

According to Ms Shortall this week, 'James Reilly is ... more about a business model than a service that puts patients at its core ... I believe he (is) going ... down the whole privatisation, American-style route'.

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