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Wednesday, May 19th 2010


Health on Irish Left Review

October 19th Afternoon: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • October 20th 2008

The Leader of the Opposition would equally be of the view that he needs to see fairness and equity in the way in which scarce resources are allocated. Can he justify a change by his members’ on the basis that a Government decision to offer medical cards to well-off pensioners, to senior civil servants, High [...]

August 31st Afternoon (The Sun Also Shines): The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • August 31st 2008

I don’t know Dr. Gerry Burke.  Were he to walk past me on the street, I wouldn’t know him.  So, please, someone point him out.  I want to buy him a pint.  For Dr Burke has been going around getting himself disliked in certain circles.  He has made a complaint to the Competition Authority, [...]

July 29th Morning: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 29th 2008

The bloggers over at Dublin Opinion are forever uncovering gems. Their latest little dig, courtesy of Conor, brings us ‘Charley’s March of Time’- an animated promotional film produced by the British Labour Government to explain the introduction of social (or national) insurance back in 1948. This was the foundation of the modern [...]

July 17th Afternoon: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 17th 2008

Ah, the haute bourgeoisie - I know the old Scotsman warned us against letting them talk to each other. This is wise counsel but I have found that they can be amazingly open, almost innocent in their discussions. Take the Merrill Lynch Survey of Fund Managers July: never mind the amusing language - [...]

An Irish Hospital is No Place to be Sick

An article by Stephanie of Musin and Confusin • May 27th 2008

“The one thing I want for the country I love is a health system that is accessible to every citizen regardless of their wealth.”

- Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children, 29th September 2004.
It is no understatement to say that the health system in this state lurches from crisis to crisis like some uncontrollable [...]