Hospital politics hot up

Familiar rumours of favours done and a lack of accountability in the HSE are fuelling an intensifying row over hospital closures, writes Aileen O’Meara.

21st October, 2006

It has taken a Protestant archbishop to say it, but there is growing concern at the lack of accountability in the new health structures.

With a general election looming, the frustration of local politicians at the lack of transparency and accountability in the Health Service Executive (HSE) has been channelled into grassroots campaigns against hospital rationalisation. When the health boards were abolished, it was argued that the influence of local politics would be taken out...

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