Thursday 18 January 2018

Stalin's legacy upheld by his proud comrades in the HSE

Reliance on spin and aversion to real debate harks back to the USSR, says John Crown

THE comments from Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly that the Health Service Executive was rotten, and that it had a culture of secrecy should come as no surprise to health service observers.

Personally, I believe that it, and its silent partner and political wing, the Department of Health and Children, collectively comprise one of the least ethical organisations that I have ever dealt with (only kept out of the number one and two spots by a few religious orders).

How can this be? The HSE is by and large comprised of decent, in most cases very hard-working, and often highly intelligent individuals who generally have the public interest at heart. Put them all together into one organisation, however, and they tend to work against the public good. Their collective structure becomes secretive, self-serving, dishonest, incompetent and unintelligent.

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