Terence Cosgrave: Doctors' strike action can be averted if HSE acts now
Executive must come up with a plan showing how it will implement the working time directive
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.