Sara Burke: This Government has reneged on its pledge to sort out hospitals
Enda Kenny ran for election in 2007 pledging to "end the scandal of patients on trolleys". By 2011, he was even more ambitious, promising that "the two-tier system of unequal access to hospital care will end".
The Taoiseach is correct in wanting to put an end to these two appalling aspects of our health system. It is wrong that each month there are on average about 7,000 people on hospital trolleys. It is inexcusable that we remain one of the only high-income democracies that deny timely access to diagnosis and hospital treatment on the basis of inability to pay.
Decades of persistent overcrowding in emergency departments and extremely long waits for basic tests and hospital care are not normal anywhere else in Europe. They should not be here.