Monday 19 February 2018

Cutbacks just a way of avoiding reforms

FORGIVE my cynicism when I hear that pay levels are likely to be restored in the public service once reforms have been achieved.

We have seen such "reforms" in the past, but actual improvements in efficiency and service levels have not followed. There will no doubt be cutbacks, but reforms are another matter altogether. Cutting numbers of nurses or increasing class sizes in schools is not reform, but it is what we should expect.

Real reform is just too bitter a pill for either the public service unions or the Government to swallow, but it is essential if we are ever to get our affairs in order and provide value for money for taxpayers.

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