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Quick-fix bonuses are no substitute for real health service reforms

Julien Mercille


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Healthcare workers have faced risks every day in the pandemic. Picture by Lauren DeCicca

Healthcare workers have faced risks every day in the pandemic. Picture by Lauren DeCicca

Healthcare workers have faced risks every day in the pandemic. Picture by Lauren DeCicca

Imagine a dozen fishermen and a captain on a fishing boat out at sea. It’s stormy and choppy, and the boat is already in bad condition because the captain hasn’t repaired it for years. Suddenly, it gets hit by a massive wave and, as expected, starts sinking.

What does the captain say? He shouts to the crew, “Don’t worry guys, I’m giving you all a €10 pay rise!”


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