As Aneurin Bevan memorably put it when facing down the consultants to create the NHS " i stuffed their mouths with gold"I watched an old RTE documentary on video the other night. Noel Browne was talking about vested interests. He specifically mentioned the IMA and the vested interests and their resistance at that time to the concept of an NHS. It is till there and when you have those who are considered as leaders in their sector
( i.e. consultants) profiteering from a dysfunctional public service and making fortunes in their public subsidized private practices what example , what leadership does this provide to the rest of the HSE. Then again when you have a political leadership who are even more greedy, money grabbing, with people such as Lowry, Bailey, O Doherty, Burke, the list continues , with undeserved and inflated salaries, allowances, and pensions paid for by the taxpayer what can you expect?. The early politicians such as Cosgrave, Lemass, even Dev would be turning in their graves. They had a commitment that none of the thieves today can demonstrate. Must stop blood pressure rising...
You have to imagine our health service is beyond all reddemption when not one of our political parties is preprared to criticise the decision to include private rooms for medical council in the severely space restricted new hospital.
Dick Bruton says sure it's only a few rooms tis grand!