Friday October 30, 2020

Still waiting: has the SDU run out of steam?

Waiting lists have skyrocketed, and the Minister for Health's key adviser on waiting lists is leaving before his term is up, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

15th June, 2013
Patients on trolleys at Tallaght Hospital A&E: the Department of Health blamed winter pressures for the increase in waiting lists since the start of this year. Photo: Kenneth O Halloran

When Minister for Health Dr James Reilly announced the establishment of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU) soon after he took office in 2011, he was aiming to make good on his pre-election promise "to solve the waiting list crisis within three years".

Reilly said he would personally oversee the results of the unit, and appointed Dr Martin Connor to spearhead its establishment. Connor was paid €250,000 for the first six months of his work with the...

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