Tony O’Brien: Health’s other challenges now need the same urgent care as Covid

Our collective understanding of the value of the health service has been transformed over the last 12 months. Now is the time for Stephen Donnelly to grab the initiative and push through meaningful reforms

16th May, 2021
Tony O’Brien: Health’s other challenges now need the same urgent care as Covid
Stephen Donnelly, the Minister for Health: time for meaningful reform. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Over the last fortnight, two old reliable issues have re-emerged centre stage: health and housing. On one level, this is a sign that progress in tackling the pandemic has reached such a point that public and media attention is switching back to the issues that defined Election 2020.

It’s also a timely reminder that normal politics and the focus on our key social challenges have been largely on hold since last March – they haven’t gone...

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