Friday May 29, 2020

The quest for a cure for Contradictionland

How can our rudderless health service be improved? Here are three things that should be done before matters get any worse, writes Dr Anthony O'Connor.

2nd February, 2014
Putting patients first in Contradictionland is largely a cosmetic exercise that exists primarily in the realm of glossy letterheads. Picture: Press 22

A minister is lacerated for budgetary overruns by politicians and commentators who cry foul when services are cut or new treatments of uncertain efficacy are not provided. The country with the highest number of medical schools per head capita in Europe cannot adequately staff its hospitals without pilfering doctors from the developing world. Posts for hospital consultants remain unfilled.

We are told that primary care - the only arm of the health service that provides...

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