Terence Cosgrave: Sick health system needs radical surgery, not a financial band-aid
Patients have always come second, and the luckless poor fare even worse, in the health equation, says Terence Cosgrave
THERE has always been an element of mystery about medicine and most people in the medicine business want to keep it that way. It's what makes change difficult. Doctors and nurses are careful when they make pay demands – always framing them in the context of the suffering of sick people who need 'the best care', as opposed to healthcare professionals who need 'the best pay' to give that care.
That, of course, is nonsense. Irish healthcare workers are well paid by any standard and the higher up they go, the better the pay gets.
Our top hospital consultants, for example, made on average almost €470,000 each in 2009, not just one or two of them – 1,800 individuals.