Election 2020: No magic pill for our ailing health service

The three main parties’ election manifestos are big on promises but short on details when it comes to reforming health, and it’s sure to cause headaches for any incoming government

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
26th January, 2020
Election 2020: No magic pill for our ailing health service

Health has emerged as a top concern for voters in the upcoming election, with the three biggest political parties launching policies and manifestos in recent days. They shared a number of common denominators in that they contained next to no financial detail and all paid lip service to the Sláintecare health reform programme.

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised that Fine Gael would inject an additional €5 billion into the health service if...

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