Saturday 26 May 2018

The Yates Anthology: New year, but same old health problems

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell OConnor. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell OConnor. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

IT may be a new year, but it is still the same old story. Inaction on flooding, a slew of broken promises to the homeless, and then there's the perennial trolley crisis.

And so we'll have to wait until after the election for a dedicated single minister for flooding. The emergency departments in hospitals seem as bedevilled as ever with 500 patients on trolleys. How can this be?

Remember Professor Edwards Deming's quotation: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." Or, if you prefer, there's also McKinsey's maxim: "What you can measure, you can manage."

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