Taoiseach’s re­marks an in­sult to hos­pi­tal staff

Irish Independent - - The Week -

I WRITE in ref­er­ence to An Taoiseach’s com­ments that front­line hos­pi­tal staff must work “full whack” over the Christ­mas pe­riod. What a lu­di­crous state­ment! I am deeply of­fended by th­ese com­ments, as well as his pe­cu­liar phras­ing.

I am cur­rently an in­tern in UHL and I can as­sure Leo Varad­kar that front­line staff are not the prob­lem. The doc­tors and nurses are hard work­ing, do­ing their ut­most to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional and com­pe­tent ser­vice.

I’d bet my bot­tom dol­lar that the front­line staff all over the coun­try work in a sim­i­lar man­ner to those in UHL. We, un­doubt­edly, will be work­ing ‘full whack’ over the Christ­mas pe­riod, un­like the mem­bers of the Dáil.

I thought the Taoiseach would have more sym­pa­thy for the real peo­ple run­ning the health ser­vice, given his med­i­cal back­ground. We are not the prob­lem. The prob­lem is a poor health ser­vice gov­erned by the joke that is the HSE. Maybe if the Taoiseach gave young doc­tors and nurses any in­cen­tive to stay in Ire­land we might not be in this mess.

I come from a very strong Fine Gael back­ground. My par­ents and grand­par­ents have sup­ported the party their en­tire lives. I, too, have sup­ported Fine Gael for as long as I could talk. But not any­more... Luke Colleran

Dooradoyle, Lim­er­ick

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