Sunday 21 January 2018

Colette Browne: Harris lacks the political will to cure our relentless health crises

Health Minister Simon Harris visiting University Hospital Limerick’s new A&E department last year. Photo: Brian Arthur
Health Minister Simon Harris visiting University Hospital Limerick’s new A&E department last year. Photo: Brian Arthur
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

No, you're not suffering from déjà vu. Those comments you heard from Health Minister Simon Harris last week about the trolley crisis sounded familiar because you've heard them all before.

Back in early 2017, there was lots of fighting talk from the minister when the numbers on trolleys reached a record of 612. Mr Harris said he wanted to be the one who finally "broke the vicious cycle of annual overcrowding".

The minister said that he was focused on measures like increasing bed capacity, recruiting more doctors and nurses, and agreeing a new GP contract in order to resolve the perennial problem.

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