Friday 24 November 2017

New minister must realise health service can't take more cuts

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly

It's reshuffling season and political news coverage is filled with speculation on who might be moved where. Serious business is still being done by government, evident this week in Minister Frances Fitzgerald's and the Garda Commissioner's apology to the Roma families, Minister Brendan Howlin's announcement of the abolition of FOI fees, and Minister James Reilly's launch of a compensation scheme for victims of symphysiotomies.

Yet despite the continuing work of the Cabinet, there are endless column inches and broadcast time spent on the imminent human resources rejigging, which ultimately lies in the hands of the Taoiseach.

So is a cabinet reshuffle just superficial optics or does it really matter who gets which ministerial posts?

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