Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

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

Tony O’Brien: Time for hard decisions on our outdated health service

Tony O’Brien: Time for hard decisions on our outdated health service

Much of the treatment is to a very high standard, but executing a real shift in the way the service works will call for hard decisions from politicians, writes HSE chief Tony O’Brien

HSE boss: €9bn needed to finally solve A&E crisis

HSE boss: €9bn needed to finally solve A&E crisis

Director general Tony O’Brien says we need to stop relying solely on hospitals for our care