Wednesday 17 October 2018

We owe it to Vicky Phelan to make a modern health service

An historic opportunity to transform the public health system should not be allowed to slip away, writes Roisin Shortall

Vicky Phelan. Picture:
Vicky Phelan. Picture:

Roisin Shortall

As the heartbreaking human cost of the CervicalCheck controversy reminds us, accountability within our health service is not some abstract notion.

It is a testament to the courage and selflessness of Vicky Phelan that her clear message to the Public Accounts Committee last Wednesday was that she wants accountability, not revenge.

Yet in the heat of the political uproar a determined focus on achieving that accountability in our health service is getting lost in the clamour for heads.

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