Friday 21 September 2018

Take the health service away from squabbling politicians

Politicians will never come together to fix the sector when point-scoring wins more votes, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Annual crisis: Last Wednesday there were 677 patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals. Stock photo
Annual crisis: Last Wednesday there were 677 patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals. Stock photo

Eilis O'Hanlon

North and South have been hit hard by this winter's outbreak of 'Aussie flu'.

Health services in both parts of the island are struggling to cope. The number of patients waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals hit a record high last Wednesday of 677, surpassing the previous day's tally of 656, which was also a new record, whilst nurses in one hospital in Northern Ireland were reportedly left in tears because of the number of patients needing treatment.

Cue the predictable dog-fight in both jurisdictions over what should be done to avoid future instances of what the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is calling a "national emergency". Two health services, same outcome.

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