Harris’s attack on hospital staff shows up his lack of leadership

The Minister for Health engaged in an ill-informed and ill-advised exercise in finger-pointing, instead of taking responsibility for his government‘s failure to solve the trolley crisis

22nd December, 2019
Harris’s attack on hospital staff shows up his lack of leadership
Simon Harris, Minister for Health: how he handles the trolley crisis will have a big effect on Fine Gael’s re-election prospects. Picture: Rollingnews

Ministerial finger-pointing is no substitute for leadership. Simon Harris has been Minister for Health since May 2016. His three and a half years in the post have been both challenging and turbulent. In the twilight days of this government, he is also facing potentially the most testing winter the health service has ever experienced. How he handles it could have a big impact on Fine Gael’s fortunes in the next general election.

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