Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Politics still holds sway over policy when it comes to our healthcare system

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
11th November, 2018

Much attention has been given to the colourful description of the health minister by former HSE chief Tony O’Brien in an interview with this newspaper last weekend.

O’Brien said Simon Harris had behaved like a “frightened little boy” during the CervicalCheck crisis.

Describing a minister as a ‘frightened little boy’ is undoubtedly blunt. It is also, as one doctor pointed out, an idiomatic term to describe the direct opposite...

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