The Health Service Exexutive (HSE) was established on January 1st, 2005, a few months after Mary Harney took over as Minister for Health. At the time she promised that the HSE would bring about a more integrated, effective and accountable health service. Three and a half years have passed and none of the promised reforms have happened. Harney is now setting out to save the HSE, from itself, by doing an about turn with it’s organisational structure. For an excellent overview of the whole situation, I highly recommend that you read this article courtesy of The Irish Times online.
With thanks to Sara Burke, journalist and health policy analyst for her superb analysis of Mary Harney’s tenure in office. It’s the best explanation I’ve seen of the so-called reform of our health service. Hats off to Sara.