Dear Ms Harney,
I am taking the liberty of writing to you today are there are some things that have been puzzling me for some time.
Incidentally, please do not get carried away by my use of the salutation ‘Dear’. This is purely a matter of convention and does not reflect my true feelings for you.
My main question is a simple one –
You put yourself forward as someone who cares about the people. You got elected on the basis that you would represent the wishes of the electorate. I don’t remember anything in your manifesto about killing the people who elected you?
Once elected, you expressed a wish to implement your ideas for improving the health service. That is very laudable, and I admired you for that.
However, your ideas patently do not work. You have created a bureaucratic money sucking organisation that is a massive failure. Our health service has disintegrated to such a level that people are seeking treatment in Third World countries, as they have a better chance of survival.
In the recent past, we have had yet more revelations that people died due to crass inefficiencies in the health service. These were people who probably would have survived if the service had been left alone. It has been revealed that you have had to pay out over €100,000,000 [Yes. That is one hundred million Euro] in compensation payments to the victims of the health service. Is it right that a health service should have victims?
So, to go back to my question: why?
Why do you persist in this crazy idea that does not work? Why do you insist on carrying on down a path that obviously leads nowhere? Why are you pouring billions of our money into a system that is worse now than it was ten years ago? Why do people prefer to take their chances rather than go to hospital? Are you so blinded by your advisors that you cannot see the mayhem that is our health service?
I have another ‘why’ for you too.
Why should a generation of young girls be asked to run the gauntlet of cervical cancer in the name if fiscal rectitude? If any of these girls develop cancer in the future, are you going to be there to explain to them that balancing the books is more important than their health? You had a chance to vaccinate those girls. You promised them. Yet when we run into hard times, you sacrifice their chances for the sake of saving money.
Why is money more important than health?
Why is money more important than lives?
Please answer my question.
Yours not so affectionately,