Sunday 27 May 2018

There's no mystery about hospital chaos

Having shredded the system, we're now spending huge sums just to maintain a standard of failure, writes Gene Kerrigan

Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Do we really have to face yet another year pretending we don't know what's wrong with the hospitals? Because that's what we're doing now - we're pretending we don't know what's wrong.

We discuss the public health service as though it's been struck down by some mystery disease. If only we knew what it was, we'd fix it, regardless of cost.

And we'll continue to speak of "reforming" this, and "reconfiguring" that. We'll say it's all because there are too many administrators, we'll set "targets" and say we need "efficiencies".

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