Opinion Comment

Friday 19 January 2018

Varadkar won't fix issues in health service by 'making heads roll'

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Leo Varadkar tends to be as straight-talking in his emails and texts as he is in person. In an email on September 4 sent to his adviser Brian Murphy, and copied to three senior HSE managers including HSE boss Tony O'Brien, Mr Varadkar made it perfectly clear that he wants a HSE head to roll if there are not tangible improvements in our overcrowded emergency departments.

In that email, the Health Minister wrote down "a few thoughts". Under Trolleys, he said: "The picture is worrying and I am apprehensive about where we are heading into for the winter. I have no reason to believe it won't be worse than last year and that really means a head, or heads, will have to roll."

But are heads rolling really the solution to our overcrowded emergency departments?

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