The most effective way for the Irish public servant to extract large sums of cash from their fellow Irish citizens is to hide it away. Every single time a great anomaly in pay is raised you hear dubious comparisons with other countries and locales, but when you look into it, the comparisons are not real equivalents.
No matter, the media has already moved on. Should the media ever return to the subject, some other irrelevant relevancy is trotted out and the argument is put so that there’s some objectivity.
The President of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association, Dr Gerard Crotty, has warned that long-term damage to the quality of patient care may occur because of the on-going crisis in medical recruitment.
He said that hospital consultants were at the forefront of patient safety and quality developments – citing their unique role as Clinical Directors – and through a number of patient safety and quality initiatives being implemented in Irish hospitals.
Dr James Reilly has hardly been a model of impartiality in the past over healthcare locations so why should the National Children’s Hospital be any different?
You really have to wonder about the nature of democracy and democratic accountability when all you get to choose is the difference between a Fianna Fail and Fine Gael politician, and decisions that affect something so basic as children’s health — ie the location of the new children’s hospital — are effectively made by one minister with a dubious record in choosing healthcare locations.