The annual general meeting of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) took place this weekend in Limerick. It didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know already – that is, if you have been following the health debate in Ireland for any time. The problem is, like most things in health, most people don’t really follow health issues until they have a ‘health issue’ of their own. It’s a perfectly logical position, but one that allows for a lot of obfuscation by the ‘powers that be’.
Those ‘powers that be’ are the Health Service Executive, the Minister and the Department of Health and ultimately, the government. For them, it’s all about the statistics and how they can be managed. It has very little to do with, and is only coincidentally related to the care of patients. Continue reading