Monday 18 December 2017

Terence Cosgrave: Squabbling medical union not what doctor ordered

The once-powerful IMO is riven by discontent just when its members are facing huge challenges.

Terence Cosgrave

THERE'S never a good time for a medical union to have a public spat, but at a time when salaries and overtime in the public service are being cut, it would be hard to imagine a worse time for doctors to be airing their dirty linen in public.

How did the Irish Medical Organisation – once the most powerful and influential union in the health sector – end up divided and squabbling at a time when its members are facing unprecedented challenges?

Perhaps because this scandal was a sickness that had taken years to develop in the darkroom of union politics, and when its penumbral shadow was cast, it threw a cold and harsh light on many people.

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