Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dr Reilly must set the record straight about Roscommon care

Heroic hospital staff deserve truth to be told about standard of cardiac care provided, writes John Crown

The episode relating to the Accident and Emergency service in Roscommon Hospital might teach us something about hospital planning policy in our Republic, but it sounds a clarion warning call about much that is wrong in our politics and public governance.

One of the perennially contentious issues in health policy is the balance that must be struck between rapid access to hospital care and the undoubted quality improvements which occur when resources are concentrated in a smaller number of larger centres.

Hospitals are often major employers, and the electoral fortunes of constituency politicians are frequently tied to the enthusiasm with which they defend them, even if it is bad policy.

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