Si­mon’s not in charge here

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

HOW pa­thetic and ridicu­lous Si­mon Har­ris seems in your re­port about his ‘tirade’ at health of­fi­cials (MoS, May 6).

The Health Min­is­ter’s ap­proach since the cer­vi­cal smear scan­dal broke has been to tell us re­peat­edly how an­gry and shocked he is.

But the whole sys­tem has been care­fully set up to make sure the min­is­ter isn’t re­ally in charge of the sys­tem.

With the cre­ation of the HSE, our politi­cians were able to ef­fec­tively hand over re­spon­si­bil­ity for run­ning the health ser­vice to a bunch of pub­lic ser­vants. It means that ev­ery time a scan­dal emerges, the health min­is­ter, whether it’s Har­ris or one of his pre­de­ces­sors, can ex­press shock and anger and prom­ise en­quiries. But the min­is­ter can’t be di­rectly blamed for any of it.

Where’s the demo­cratic ac­count­abil­ity in that?

Brenda Whe­lan, Dublin 15.

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