Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

If ministers are so frustrated by the trolley crisis, then fix it

If ministers are so frustrated by the trolley crisis, then fix it

The government’s response to the problems in emergency departments is well-rehearsed and utterly ineffective. The steps needed to ease the pressure are obvious. To do anything less is to turn overcrowding into official policy

Lies , damned lies and political spin shaping destiny of healthcare

Lies , damned lies and political spin shaping destiny of healthcare

The narrative that Ireland is an excessively high spender on health should be challenged

Perennial cash injections just a plaster to fix spending on health

Perennial cash injections just a plaster to fix spending on health

There is huge frustration in government that funds spent on health do not readily translate into positive, measurable impact, unlike voter-friendly tax cuts

Driving health ministers into the bunker bad for everyone

Driving health ministers into the bunker bad for everyone

Freed from fighting fires over operational matters, those in charge could take the time to step back and look at the big picture – to the benefit of us all

Political short-termism is killing the HSE

Political short-termism is killing the HSE

Not only does the government fail to let the health service plan ahead or budget for vital services, it cynically lets the HSE take the blame for any shortfalls

Health crisis won’t be cured without more doctors

Health crisis won’t be cured without more doctors

The first step to a better service is ending the brain drain that results in hundreds of gifted doctors leaving for higher-paid jobs elsewhere

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Under-pressure GPs have become soft targets for venture capitalists who offer to take the ownership burden off their shoulders in the interest of profit

Spin can’t hide truth of what Fine Gael has done to our health system

Spin can’t hide truth of what Fine Gael has done to our health system

After eight years of governance vandalism, the new HSE board urgently needs to call a halt to Fine Gael’s merry dance

Our hard-won freedoms can be swept away in the blink of an eye

Our hard-won freedoms can be swept away in the blink of an eye

A tendency to defer to the Catholic Church held back our social progress in the past. We must be alert to the danger of putting figures in authority, such as developers, bankers or the PAC, on a pedestal now

To solve the health crisis, forget the witch hunts and follow the money

To solve the health crisis, forget the witch hunts and follow the money

The Waterford mortuary saga shows the chronic shortage of capital funding for the health service

A war with doctors puts us all at risk

A war with doctors puts us all at risk

We all need to be concerned about the state of the health service, even if we have Rolls-Royce health insurance ourselves

Political inertia prevents the state from building an efficient health service

Political inertia prevents the state from building an efficient health service

The HSE is on a merry-go-round of budgetary despair, and only politicians can stop it

The nurses’ strike, and how to settle it

The nurses’ strike, and how to settle it

The industrial action by nurses in our health service has already become ‘a threat to life and limb’. And it’s set to escalate this week. So what can be done?

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Prioritising one patient group - perhaps because of the power of their advocacy - means another group will lose out, even if their case for funding is much stronger

We must consider merging the department and the HSE

We must consider merging the department and the HSE

Ambiguity and confusion about who is responsible for what means a lack of accountability that is making the health service sick