Time to lift veil on HSE secrecy
WAY back in the dimly remembered days of boom and optimism, shortly after taking charge of 'Angola', as the health service had been dubbed by one Brian Cowen, Professor Brendan Drumm warned that it would take a long, long time to solve the problems.
The hope was that the new Health Service Executive would succeed where a proliferation of old, bureaucratic health boards had failed.
Instead, according to the Ombudsman yesterday, the HSE has deteriorated into a rotten, secretive monolith that operates according the laws of some parallel universe. Sounding angry and bitter, Emily O'Reilly accused HSE staff of at times acting in their own interests, rather than in the public's interest, and attempting to suppress reports and hide the truth.