Can Varadkar save health?

After years of U-turns and broken promises on the health service, Leo Varadkar faces an uphill battle to turn things around in his new department.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
10th August, 2014
Leo Varadkar: the new Minister for Health has put universal health insurance into cold storage. Picture: PA

Four months ago, Taoiseach Enda Kenny took to the podium at the launch of Fine Gael’s white paper on universal health insurance, and told the nation that the government was committed to introducing the new regime by 2019.

It would not “cost more than the two-tier system which it replaces”, Kenny assured people.

Last week, however, the new Minister for Health effectively put universal health insurance (UHI) into cold storage.

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