Patients must be front and centre of any health reform
Why is it that the vast amount of money that is spent on the health service appears to many to be disproportionate to the service that the public get in return? That is something that the troika has been pondering, along with progress in reforming the country's social welfare system.
But while increased spending on social welfare has been justified by soaring unemployment and the understandable reluctance of the Labour Party to abandon this core value, the same cannot be said of health spending.
The public want a good health service, one where people are not left on trolleys for days on end, where A&Es are run with skill and efficiency and where people are not left for years on waiting lists.