How to finally fix what is wrong in our health service
It is essential to address why the obvious faults in our health service have not been corrected, writes Stephen Donnelly
In politics, giving voice to half-formed thoughts is generally inadvisable. But sometimes, our first impressions can provide insight, so let's give it a go.
Three weeks ago, I became Fianna Fail's health spokesperson. I've been reading reports, meeting clinicians, debating with Government and listening to patients. I'd like to share three initial reactions to what I've found.
The first is just how desperate the situation has become. There are more people on trolleys than ever before. There are more people waiting on hospital procedures than ever before. Seven in every 10 GP practices aren't taking new patients.