Susan Mitchell: How self-interest kills off health reform

A pilot scheme to examine operating theatre assistants promised by Leo Varadkar as health minister never even got off the ground

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
10th June, 2018

In 2015, Leo Varadkar wrote a piece for this newspaper in which he said professions and grades in the health service should not be static. Varadkar, health minister at the time, said the HSE was about to initiate a pilot of perioperative, or theatre assistants who could take up non-nursing duties currently done by theatre nurses. The model was similar to what happens in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and many other European countries.


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