Ireland’s health crisis: TEN things the special interest groups don’t want you to know

After a week of ‘A&E crisis’ stories across all media outlets, The Sunday Business Post gets to the bottom of what is really going on in the Irish health service

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
14th January, 2015
Early January is always one of the periods of maximum stress on hospital services

All last week, newspapers and broadcast media were crammed with stories of yet another “A&E crisis”.

The nurses union reported that 600 people were lying on trolleys in overcrowded wards. Media reports pulsated with desperate stories of awful experiences from patients caught in dysfunctional hospitals.

The minister was hauled back from his holidays to answer for the stuttering service. More resources were demanded. Politicians ducked for cover; doctors, nurses and patients insisted...

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