Politicians need to own up to their failings on health

Blaming the HSE for everything lets politicians off the hook. Is it possible to name one significant health initiative that was the brainchild of this government?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
22nd July, 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe repeatedly highlight Ireland’s high per capita spending on healthcare.

They are right. We spend a lot more than most of our European neighbours.

The message from government is: blame HSE management for everything that is going wrong in the health sector.

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