Health – Transplant Services; Waiting Lists; Breast Cancer Drugs; Vaccination Rates

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I also request that the Minister come in and update us on the transplant situation. Over the past few years, those in charge of transplant policy in the country have felt it has been very unco-ordinated. We have seen other examples of problems in the health service … Continue reading

Nurses Retention Fee: Further hospital crisis imminent if NMBI don’t respond appropriately


Speaking in the Seanad during my commencement debate on “the urgent need for the Minister for Health to outline the contingency plan to prevent an effective shutdown of hospitals in the event of mass un-registering of nurses by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) on March 2nd.” Watch video of debate here: An … Continue reading

Hospital Waiting Lists and How They Are Compiled

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I am sorry if I sound like a broken record, but we will need to have a fresh debate on the issue of hospital waiting lists in the aftermath of data and an international comparison being published, both of which emerged during the week. As the Minister … Continue reading

Reverse decision to increase nurses retention scheme


[Speaking in the Seanad during Adjournment Matters: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland] [Text of the adjournment request submitted by Senator John Crown: “Recognising the recent decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to increase the nurse’s retention fee and in light of the existing financial pressures and wage cutbacks incurred by … Continue reading

Opticians and Ophthalmologists

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill] I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch. During her tenure in health, she has been one of the most productive Ministers with whom to do business and I thank her for all her efforts. I broadly welcome the Bill. There … Continue reading

The need to investigate the nature of hospital boards

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I am very troubled by one of the less commented-on aspects of the recent controversy regarding top-up payments in hospital boards, charities and so forth, namely, the structure of the boards of many of our hospitals and voluntary hospitals. At least two of the largest hospitals in … Continue reading

Hospital services and the need for reform

Speaking during Seanad debate on Hospital Services I will take a moment to compliment the Minister on the good work he is doing on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. It has not been an easy passage but the Minister has addressed it while others have neglected it. When the story of these times … Continue reading

Restriction of Choice of Hospital for Public Patients

I would like .. to seek clarification from the Minister for Health on two issues, the first of which relates to an emerging policy of public patients being stripped of their choice of public hospital. That is occurring in this country. It has serious implications for many citizens who would like aspects of their care … Continue reading

Berlin, Boston, or Ballybofey

Berlin Boston or Ballybofey

Sunday Independent – March 2007 The excellent Primetime series on the ongoing health reform debacle made for very depressing viewing. The most upsetting parts were the harrowing stories of the women who suffered the consequences of delayed cancer diagnoses. Tragically, one died. Another had to wait seven months for utterly routine tests, tests which, when they … Continue reading

The Real Culture War in Healthcare

Culture War in Healthcare

Sunday Independent – 4th Feb 2007 The resumption of stalled contract negotiations between the Irish Hospital Consultants Association and the Health Service Executive is to be welcomed. There is uniform agreement that our ailing health service is in urgent need of increased resourcing, including a substantial increase in the ludicrously low numbers of specialists in … Continue reading