A little box ticked for an election promise but a long way to go

Eamonn Farrell - Photocall Ireland

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2015) I welcome the extension of the provisions to the over-70s. It is overdue and while it is, as the Minister of State has said, a step along the road, it is a very long road and a lot needs to … Continue reading

Famprya – a casualty of the inequity in Health Spending?

[Speaking in the Seanad during Statements on Availability of Certain Medication] The Minister is very familiar with the whole concept of health economics. I do not believe for one second that medicine can be practised in an economic vacuum. I understand that every decision made about a patient has an opportunity cost for another patient … Continue reading

Dead birds are raining on our ailing health system

[published in the Sunday Independent on January 9, 2011] Emergency department crises, insurance hikes and falling numbers of insured all spell disaster. Recent reports that thousands of apparently healthy birds were falling dead from the sky were predictably interpreted by apocalypse junkies as signs of impending end times. While these baffling events will likely have … Continue reading