Thursday 22 February 2018

Dr Ruairi Hanley: Primary care centres -- a GP's nightmare and a waste of money

THE resignation of Roisin Shortall has focused much public attention on primary care centres and their locations. Apparently, the former Junior Minister was sufficiently distressed over this issue that she decided she could no longer work with James Reilly, despite having voted confidence in him only a week earlier.

While the media has naturally concentrated on the political personalities involved in this dispute, few people have raised a far more serious question. Why, in the midst of the worst economic crisis in the history of the State, are we spending millions on dozens of new buildings throughout Ireland?

It appears the Government has successfully convinced the public of the need for these facilities and that their construction should be a top priority. It also seems the opposition and virtually every commentator has bought into this, to the extent that the only debate now is on the "criteria" used to determine what fortunate parts of our nation will benefit from these marvellous developments.

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