Sunday 25 February 2018

Let's support Leo

• I wish to congratulate Minister Leo Varadkar for his remarks on compulsory redundancies in the public sector (June 15).

For decades in this country we have accepted without question the principle of the "job for life" for those charged with running our health service. This led to the creation of the HSE -- a bloated and fundamentally dysfunctional organisation.

In spite of frequent well-documented displays of ineptitude resulting in appalling human suffering, in my understanding not a single bureaucrat in our health system has ever been fired. As a nation, we appear to have decided that the entitlement to permanent immunity from dismissal, regardless of performance, supersedes the basic right to a decent standard of healthcare.

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