Thursday 26 April 2018

Terence Cosgrave: Doctors' strike action can be averted if HSE acts now

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SAFETY FIRST: Eric Young and Jodie Doyle of the IMO help launch the 24 No More campaign. Photo: Damien Eagers
SAFETY FIRST: Eric Young and Jodie Doyle of the IMO help launch the 24 No More campaign. Photo: Damien Eagers

Terence Cosgrave

Only a liar or a fool would suggest that if the hospital doctors' strike goes ahead later this month it will not affect patients in a serious way.

The fact is that diagnoses will be delayed, tests will be postponed, and people who need hospital treatment will be back further in the queue.

And it is instructive for anyone (and that should be everyone) who has an interest in how the health service works, as to why we are at such an impasse.

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