Simon Harris: Unleashing the capacity to break this vicious circle

The Minister for Health writes exclusively about how Ireland will fix its ailing health service

12th February, 2017
Patients can often face lengthy waiting times on trolleys in the emergency departments of the country’s hospitals

It’s the end of a week of intense reactions to various issues in health. The visceral, emotional reaction to the RTÉ Investigates coverage of the real suffering of patients on waiting lists was universally shared.

Similarly, the understandable human reaction to the threat of industrial action by nurses is anxiety about the impact on a health service that’s already stressed, most notably in our emergency departments.

The emergence of a...

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