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
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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Tony O’Brien: Draft contract adds to bad blood between Department of Health and consultants
The newly published proposed Sláintecare consultant contract has led to yet another major row between the department and the very people on whom it relies for high-quality treatment outcomes
Multi-annual health budget mooted to tackle waiting lists
New plan by health department, HSE and NTPF aims to mitigate snowballing numbers waiting for treatment, exacerbated by pandemic
HSE procurement targets in doubt as Beaumont reports €14m non-compliant spend
January Covid surge and last month’s cyberattack mean ‘certain’ delays for HSE’s plan to implement a centralised spending framework and tackle non-compliant expenditure
Kathleen MacMahon: We may not be able to help our mothers, but we can still save our daughters
Thanks to the honesty and bravery of the women who called into Liveline to share stories of their distress during menopause, we’ve come a step closer to a place where their suffering is no longer acceptable