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We Are Sinking. Fill a sink with water and then pull out the plug and watch the water swirl around and round, gather speed until the last drop disappears down the plughole. If we stand back and look at what’s around us we might get the feeling that everything is swirling round and going down the plughole and we are being sucked down with it. If we are lucky we might be able to grab the strainer and hold on for dear life but as the water speeds up it gets harder and harder. Unfortunately Ireland seems to be sinking into another economic crisis and I ask – are we about to suffer another recession and be declared bankrupt again? We are surely handing over the money at a terrible rate. We spend €2billion plus on a new hospital but have little chance of employing sufficient staff to open all the services there or to look after all the beds. A finishing cost of €1.7billion is what we are told but I hear it from a different source that it will not even stop at €2billion. Regarding staff – they cannot attract enough nurses, doctors and consultants for the existing services and patients so what hope have they of employing enough to operate all these extra beds and services. It has been mentioned by a politician that the date for the next General Election should be known now so that this Government could ‘wind down’ before the election. I would have thought that this Government has been ‘wind down’ for the past decade. They have allowed things to get progressively worse, especially in health and when they refer to what has to be done to get stability to our Government there does not seem to be any urgency about fixing our health services. The 800,000 people waiting to see his/her consultant; the thousands waiting for a procedure; the thousands of children waiting on treatment, some of whom will die before treatment; the number of people who will die because of the delay in diagnosis; the number who will die because of delayed treatment; the number of people who will die because they picked up an extra infection while waiting in an overcrowded A & E; the number who will die due to mistakes by over-stressed, overworked, and tired staff – all of these do not seem to cause panic among our politicians and those responsible for managing our health services. Many other minor issues are getting attention but not the patients. And what are we doing about it? The GPs are booked out and cannot handle what they have on their books yet the Government piles more on to them like increasing that age of young people qualifying for free GP services. There are 500 consultant posts unfilled as, like doctors and nurses and ancillary staff all over the country, few want to stay and work under the present conditions in our health services. However to fill those without a change of conditions is impossible and indeed, to keep pace with increasing demand, there needs to be a further 1,500 consultants hired for our health services. But what is happening – the current staff are unhappy, and about to go on strike to get improved conditions of work and the Government will push them all the way, irrespective of the effect on patients. It is cannot be a case of no money, as after all they are able to give themselves big pay rises and huge hand-outs to parting friends. They are able to pay €2billion to build a hospital in a very crowded and traffic locked area of Dublin, a hospital that could have been built for €670million. They are able to give away €3billion to get a private company to install Broadband in most parts of the country and then that company can charge what they like for the use of it. They can pay enormous sums for getting work done, for the purchase of equipment like printers and then money is no obstacle when a quarter of a million is needed to get the printer in through the door. Then we hear that, at our expense, thousands of Christmas Cards and Calendars were printed by TDs and Senators to hand out to their voters. In all my years at work I never got a facility like that. In all my years at work I never got paid for travelling to and from work but they do. Why all these perks at our expense yet our health services are in such a sorry state. Poor value for money I would say. I am coming to the conclusion that Government decisions always favour big business and/or local politicians. Would a new Government be any different? Would a new Government begin to put patients first and make a big effort to tackle the problems, which are causing so much pain, anguish, suffering and death to so many because our Health Services are not managed properly. Would a new Government direct all available funds to areas which will make life easier, painless, less stressful and longer for the 800,000 and I don’t mean that they should buy more beds as they need staff before they need beds, they need home care working properly to empty some of the beds they have and make them available, they should use existing resources like Monaghan General Hospital to get more patients treated, they need extra GPs to take the pressure off hospitals, they need a proper ambulance service in rural parts of our country and helicopters are not the answer, they need more accountability of how the existing allocation of funding to the health services is spent. Of course they are more inclined to get community volunteers to do the work so that they can spend the money on pet projects and leave monuments to themselves. When one considers the number of community organisations and volunteers that are involved in some aspect of our health services we can come to the conclusion that it is they who are keeping our health services afloat and saving patients from going down the plug-hole.
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We Are Sinking. Fill a sink with water and then pull out the plug and watch the water swirl around and round, gather speed until the last drop disappears down the plughole. If we stand back and look at what’s around us we might get the feeling that everything is swirling round and going down the plughole and we are being sucked down with it. If we are lucky we might be able to grab the strainer and hold on for dear life but as the water speeds up it gets harder and harder. Unfortunately Ireland seems to be sinking into another economic crisis and I ask – are we about to suffer another recession and be declared bankrupt again? We are surely handing over the money at a terrible rate. We spend €2billion plus on a new hospital but have little chance of employing sufficient staff to open all the services there or to look after all the beds. A finishing cost of €1.7billion is what we are told but I hear it from a different source that it will not even stop at €2billion. Regarding staff – they cannot attract enough nurses, doctors and consultants for the existing services and patients so what hope have they of employing enough to operate all these extra beds and services. It has been mentioned by a politician that the date for the next General Election should be known now so that this Government could ‘wind down’ before the election. I would have thought that this Government has been ‘wind down’ for the past decade. They have allowed things to get progressively worse, especially in health and when they refer to what has to be done to get stability to our Government there does not seem to be any urgency about fixing our health services. The 800,000 people waiting to see his/her consultant; the thousands waiting for a procedure; the thousands of children waiting on treatment, some of whom will die before treatment; the number of people who will die because of the delay in diagnosis; the number who will die because of delayed treatment; the number of people who will die because they picked up an extra infection while waiting in an overcrowded A & E; the number who will die due to mistakes by over-stressed, overworked, and tired staff – all of these do not seem to cause panic among our politicians and those responsible for managing our health services. Many other minor issues are getting attention but not the patients. And what are we doing about it? The GPs are booked out and cannot handle what they have on their books yet the Government piles more on to them like increasing that age of young people qualifying for free GP services. There are 500 consultant posts unfilled as, like doctors and nurses and ancillary staff all over the country, few want to stay and work under the present conditions in our health services. However to fill those without a change of conditions is impossible and indeed, to keep pace with increasing demand, there needs to be a further 1,500 consultants hired for our health services. But what is happening – the current staff are unhappy, and about to go on strike to get improved conditions of work and the Government will push them all the way, irrespective of the effect on patients. It is cannot be a case of no money, as after all they are able to give themselves big pay rises and huge hand-outs to parting friends. They are able to pay €2billion to build a hospital in a very crowded and traffic locked area of Dublin, a hospital that could have been built for €670million. They are able to give away €3billion to get a private company to install Broadband in most parts of the country and then that company can charge what they like for the use of it. They can pay enormous sums for getting work done, for the purchase of equipment like printers and then money is no obstacle when a quarter of a million is needed to get the printer in through the door. Then we hear that, at our expense, thousands of Christmas Cards and Calendars were printed by TDs and Senators to hand out to their voters. In all my years at work I never got a facility like that. In all my years at work I never got paid for travelling to and from work but they do. Why all these perks at our expense yet our health services are in such a sorry state. Poor value for money I would say. I am coming to the conclusion that Government decisions always favour big business and/or local politicians. Would a new Government be any different? Would a new Government begin to put patients first and make a big effort to tackle the problems, which are causing so much pain, anguish, suffering and death to so many because our Health Services are not managed properly. Would a new Government direct all available funds to areas which will make life easier, painless, less stressful and longer for the 800,000 and I don’t mean that they should buy more beds as they need staff before they need beds, they need home care working properly to empty some of the beds they have and make them available, they should use existing resources like Monaghan General Hospital to get more patients treated, they need extra GPs to take the pressure off hospitals, they need a proper ambulance service in rural parts of our country and helicopters are not the answer, they need more accountability of how the existing allocation of funding to the health services is spent. Of course they are more inclined to get community volunteers to do the work so that they can spend the money on pet projects and leave monuments to themselves. When one considers the number of community organisations and volunteers that are involved in some aspect of our health services we can come to the conclusion that it is they who are keeping our health services afloat and saving patients from going down the plug-hole.