Wednesday 22 November 2017

Reform of cancer services the high point of minister's mixed report card

MARY Harney seemed to never be able to go for a walk, do her shopping or attend a function without somebody buttonholing her to say how good their experience of the health service was.

And she never missed an opportunity to recall the encounters to health journalists, who sometimes met her several times a week and eventually developed a sixth sense about another impending anecdote.

The minister was convinced she was making a difference to the health service from her appointment in September 2004 and could not wait to get back to Hawkins House in 2007 after the General Election.

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