Monday 20 November 2017

GPs battle to survive bloated bureaucracy syndrome

The prognosis for health service reform is grim as long as local doctors are angry and in despair, writes Eddie Hobbs

Dr Ed Walsh calculates that at least €1.5bn and perhaps up to €3bn in the €13bn spend on health is due to inefficiencies caused by an outsized bureaucracy
Dr Ed Walsh calculates that at least €1.5bn and perhaps up to €3bn in the €13bn spend on health is due to inefficiencies caused by an outsized bureaucracy
The prognosis for health service reform is grim as long as local doctors are angry and in despair

Eddie Hobbs

The long-term damage caused to Irish society from the choices made in the division of scarce resources continues to unfold and with it the chilling conclusion that the most powerful prevailed. Not included as insiders, yet occupying treacherous territory between the most powerful self-preserving State bureaucracy and their patients, lie Ireland's 2,800 General Practitioners.

Wednesday night, April 9, huge numbers of GPs turned out in Dublin to discuss their plight and that of the patients they've sworn to serve. Sadly none of the members of the Dail who addressed the meeting had really listened, failing to grasp the analysis, especially that of Dr Ed Walsh, but skilled enough to appear empathetic while concealing a hopeless ineptitude at addressing the core problem.

The outcome of protecting insiders has meant that 70 per cent of the Government's largest spend has been horded within the castle keep, sanctified by formal deals, Croke Park and Haddington Road and anointed in the outdated language of socialism.

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