Nearly a year ago, I wrote about the appalling state of our health service.
What has changed since?
Actually quite a lot has happened.
A few hospitals have closed. MRSA is rampant in the remaining hospitals. They had the mighty cock up where women who had been given the all clear had to be recalled to be told they had breast cancer. A few more people have died. Seventeen billion has been pumped into the system and vanished.
And Mary Harney has congratulated herself and accepted a massive pay hike.
I have been following an unfolding story for the last couple of months over at Avoiding Life One Post at a Time. I have been reading it with mounting horror and disgust.
The story starts in October – Girl Trouble and the Irish Health System. Note that this is October the 24th – Nearly two months ago.
We move on a couple of weeks to Health Update. Here is a young woman who urgently need tests and so far has gotten nowhere.
By December the 1st she is Still Waiting. At this stage she still hasn’t even got an appointment.
By yesterday [December the 11th] she says There seems to be a bit of interest… But not from the health service.
Today she writes I am Overwhelmed… She is overwhelmed by the response from the blogging community; not the health service.
Harney keeps saying that there is no crisis. She keeps blaming the Health Services Executive. The HSE blames the consultants. The consultants blame lack of funds and bad management.
The health service is in a state of crisis. It used to work. It was inefficient, but it worked. Harney has ripped it asunder, and now it hardly works at all. As "Minister for Health" she is ultimately responsible for the state of the health service, whether she likes it or not. If she were running a business in this manner, she would have been fired years ago. She is a disgrace to herself, her country and her gender.
I will leave this rant by quoting a couple of extracts from the blog..
"…..I am still waiting for an appointment with the breast people. I’m still bleeding and still have some other stuff going on. No one cares."
"If Mary Harney found a lump in her breast would she be waiting this long? I think not. I am angry and frustrated and I don’t know where to go from here. Shit…"