Analysis: The hospital trolley merry-go-round

Does public anger about A&E waiting times perpetuate the crisis in our health service by forcing a kneejerk reaction?

HSE director general Tony O'Brien arriving at the Department of Health to meet Simon Harris Pic:

Theannual A&E patients-on-trolleys crisis is in full swing. Successive health ministers have found themselves in the full uncomfortable glare of the media as the hospital emergency department trolley drama clogs the airwaves and dominates the headlines every winter.

The flare-up generally coincides with the outbreak of winter flu or vomiting bugs leaving unfortunate sick people - many of them frail and elderly - languishing for endless hours waiting to be seen by medical ...