Friday 24 November 2017

Born-again FF's health policy has plenty of gain - but is largely silent on the pain

Michael Martin
Michael Martin
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Some of the best parts of Fianna Fail's freshly-minted health policy are not new. For instance, its suggestion to revive the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to buy surgical operations and specialist appointments for public waiting list patients has merit.

For many years, the NTPF was the safety valve which helped to keep hospital waiting lists down. It was imperfect, of course, and it never disclosed how much it was paying for the slots in public and private hospitals.

But it has been dormant during the lifetime of the current Government and waiting lists are soaring.

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