Wednesday December 11, 2019

Our health service is broken. We can’t wait for it to be fixed any longer

It is clear that the government is unwilling to engage in a meaningful way with the issues that plague our health service, creating a sub-standard environment for patients and medical workforce

17th November, 2019
A nurses picket line outside St James’s Hospital in Dublin in January 2019 Pic: Fergal Phillips

Last January, I found myself standing on a picket line in support of my nursing colleagues as they undertook industrial action. I came away that day hoping not to be there again any time soon.

Since 2012, when James Reilly, the then health minister, imposed a unilateral 30 per cent pay cut to new entrants to the consultant grade, recruitment of hospital consultants has fallen off a cliff. We now have 500 vacant consultant posts,...

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