HSE boss: €9bn needed to finally solve A&E crisis

HSE boss: €9bn needed to finally solve A&E crisis
Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE: Picture: Fergal Phillips

Director general Tony O’Brien says we need to stop relying solely on hospitals for our care

The media headlines over the past ten days will have brought into sharp focus the ongoing but longstanding challenges within our health services. In the course of the extensive media coverage, two questions were raised again and again: in 2017, why have we not solved the overcrowding issue? Was the HSE not prepared for the inevitable winter pressures on hospitals?

In relation to the second question: yes, considerable planning was undertaken through our Winter Initiative. However,...

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