Local coun­cil­lor’s call to abol­ish HSE is the right one

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPINION -

SIR,

The pop­u­la­tion of Wales is 3,063,456 (2018) and its NHS bud­get is £6bn or €6,693,561. The NHS is free to all.

The pop­u­la­tion of Ire­land is 4,803,748 (2018) and the HSE bud­get is €14.5bn. Ser­vices are free to med­i­cal-card hold­ers, of which there are 1,578,015.

No won­der a Kerry county coun­cil­lor is call­ing on the Taoiseach to abol­ish the HSE.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Cahill says the coun­try is in the midst of the big­gest health cri­sis in the his­tory of the state and says ac­tion is needed.

He says the Gov­ern­ment must in­tro­duce a sys­tem with proper and pro­fes­sional man­age­ment.

I be­lieve he is 100 per cent cor­rect. There is a dras­tic dif­fer­ence in the bud­gets shown and the num­ber of peo­ple en­ti­tled to free care at the point of de­liv­ery.

The ques­tion is: ‘Is the HSE fit for pu­pose?’ In­creas­ing num­ber of pa­tients are wait­ing on trol­lies; this is not the fault of hos­pi­tal staff.

It ap­pears the se­nior man­age­ment of the HSE has no idea of what it is like at hos­pi­tal level and that there is a to­tal fail­ure to con­nect with front-line staff. Sin­cerely,

Thomas Myles Harpur, Ad­dress with the Edi­tor.

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