Public health’s ‘chronic lack of resources’ exposed by pandemic

Since October, there have been just nine applications for specialist positions in the public health sector, prompting fears of a recruitment crisis as Covid-19 continues to bite

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
14th February, 2021
Public health’s ‘chronic lack of resources’ exposed by pandemic
The government is revising its Living With Covid framework, but Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats believes we won’t see much change until May Pictures: Getty

If there were questions over why Ireland‘s Covid-19 response has been found wanting over the last year, Máirín Ryan answered them in direct style at the virtual National Health Summit last week.

“Something we have been aware of for a long time and that has been thrown sharply into relief by the pandemic is the chronic under-resourcing of public health in Ireland,” the director of health technology assessment at...

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