Tuesday 23 May 2017

Were we conned again by the trolley watch show?

This year it seemed as if the annual set piece that is 'peak trolley watch' might be different, writes Brendan O'Connor, but it simply wasn't to be

Sticking plaster: Simon Harris has put more resources in place to try to address the trolley crisis Photo: Caroline Quinn
Sticking plaster: Simon Harris has put more resources in place to try to address the trolley crisis Photo: Caroline Quinn

There is no doubt that the annual trolley crisis is deeply distressing for all those involved, but it's hard not to be a bit cynical about what is now a tried and tested part of the Christmas and New Year TV and radio schedules.

This year, however, there was reason to think it might be different. It started the same way it usually does. We reached peak trolley watch, a service brought to us courtesy of Liam Doran and the INMO. And then the poor sucker who currently occupies the Ministry for Angola was duly dragged out to make the usual mea culpa noises and to promise swift action.

The usual second act of this is that some groups in the health service get some concessions, more resources are handed over, budget committed, and then the situation calms down, and hospitals go back to operating at 90pc of capacity for the rest of the year.

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