Less words, more action needed
Sixteen months after he first took office in March 2011, Health Minister James Reilly has been long on words but lamentably short on action.
Even at a time when the health budget is spiralling out of control, with a €281m overspend being recorded in the first five months of the year, Dr Reilly still seems to be devoting most of his attention to optics rather than the substantial issues.
Yesterday, it was announced that Tony O'Brien was to be the new director general of the health service, a move that marks the effective abolition of the HSE and its re-absorption back into the Department of Health. This move has led to the departure of HSE chief executive Cathal Magee. Last year, Dr Reilly effectively forced the resignations of the then-HSE board and of the then-chief executive of the VHI.