Attacking doctors just damages health system

The current vilification of consultants seems to reflect a strong push to depreciate the value of doctors, but this will ultimately fail, writes Ronan O'Sullivan.

17th February, 2013
The intensity and duration of training to become a consultant in Ireland far outstrips that of many other EC member states. Photo: Getty

Towards the end of 2012, I listened with amazement as the presenter of a current affairs programme asked a government minister how he was going "to get the consultants"? The line of questioning reflects a pervasive attitude held by politicians and most mainstream media outlets: that doctors are only interested in making money and are obstructing any real development of our health service.

This attitude has led to the growing vilification and near-criminalisation of doctors in...

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