Harney’s winter of discontent

The winter will be a key time for the health service. Everyone is watching not only the lengths of the queues in A&E departments, but also the progress, or lack thereof, in negotiations on a new hospital consultants’ contract.

30th September, 2006

The winter will be a key time for the health service. Everyone is watching not only the lengths of the queues in A&E departments, but also the progress, or lack thereof, in negotiations on a new hospital consultants’ contract.

For the government, and especially the Minister for Health Mary Harney, the winter could mark the tipping point in the public’s perception of her as a politician who can get things done. If...

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