Health Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad during a Fianna Fail Private Members Motion on Health Services] Again, I welcome the Minister. He is a young man and is about the same age as I was when I first became a consultant oncologist in Ireland’s medical service. I was full of enthusiasm and optimism and thought a problem … Continue reading

Statements on the current state for our health system, to Minister Varadkar

Health Care Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad during ‘Statements on Health Services’ debate] I welcome the Minister. I wish him the best in his efforts to try to reform the health service. The Minister does not need my advice in this regard but I urge him to remain firm and steadfast in respect of the national children’s hospital. … Continue reading

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013] This is obviously an important way-station in the process of health care reform and, as such, I support it. We were in a situation whereby a largely unanswerable bureaucracy had been given the outsourced job of operations management of … Continue reading

Health Insurance (Reform) Bill

Health Care Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad] It is 21 years since I returned to Ireland. At that time, I rapidly came to the conclusion that the health system was in fundamental need of reform. The key problems that were obvious to me were the general poor quality, extraordinary inefficiency and highly unequal nature of the health system. … Continue reading

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill

There are a few points I want to make, more on the general tenor of the Bill. When I heard my colleague talk earlier about the evil markets, I was reminded of the comparethemarket.com advertisement, on which the little meerkat accused people of confusing the term “compare the market” with “compare the meerkat”. There is … Continue reading

Discussing the Health (Provision of General Practitioner Services) Bill

I welcome this important Bill because there was a problem with the structures for entrance into general practice which was having negative downstream effects on the service delivered to patients. This legislation will remedy this and increase the ease with which suitably trained and experienced doctors can get access to general practice. It will also … Continue reading

Revealing the illness within

Book review as published in the Irish Times on 11th July, 2009 Irish Apartheid: Healthcare Inequality in Ireland by Sara Burke New Island : A focus on the inequality built into the bedrock of the Irish health system helps identify just why it is so ineffective THE CENTRAL problems of the Irish health system are … Continue reading