Political inertia prevents the state from building an efficient health service

The HSE is on a merry-go-round of budgetary despair, and only politicians can stop it

3rd March, 2019

With the annual budget for new drugs already exhausted before the end of February, and parents of children with rare diseases taking to the streets, we don’t have to look far to conclude that the health service planning process is in trouble.

Each year following Budget Day, the HSE gets 21 days to produce an annual service plan for government approval. The process is rarely completed on time and is almost always fraught...

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