Cost of cigarettes to be doubled?

Minister for Health James Reilly has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Dr Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before … Continue reading

HSE financial deficit close to €300million

  The Health Service Executive has told the Government that in a worst-case scenario its financial deficit for this year could be close to €300 million, significantly higher than previously stated. The director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, warned the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure … Continue reading

We could have an excellent health service – if only we had no patients.

An old joke often told about our beloved health service is that it would be more proficiently run if it didn’t have to treat any patients. Funding and planning healthcare in Ireland has always sounded better in theory than in practise and it seems to have always been that way … Continue reading

Our Health System could bankrupt our Country

Health Minister James Reilly has warned that unless reforms are made our healthcare system alone could bankrupt the country. “Even if we were not facing the dire financial situation this country does face, if we had no plan to reform our health service, the country would be bankrupted by the … Continue reading