Readers' blog: Health Minister prioritises abortion above crises in hospitals

Yet again we see another Minister for Health squirm in midwinter as the underfunded HSE struggles to cope with the annual seasonal surge in illness.

Every year we hear from whichever minister is responsible for health that they are on top of the job or that they have a new report to present that will solve the issue.

This year we even got an apology from our current Minister for Health, Simon Harris, about the shocking overcrowding.

Surely this annual increase is predictable, can be planned for and can be managed with consideration for the dignity of these unfortunate patients.

Yet, despite its predictability, Simon Harris’ priority is not for the unfortunate citizens stuck on trolleys for seemingly endless hours.

No, our Minister for Health’s priority is to introduce an additional burden on our under-funded, under-resourced and broken health service.

Yes, his priority seems to be to add in excess of 5,000 abortions per annum to our already overstretched hospitals, never mind the inevitable additional demands to the follow-on services that will be required in our psychiatric services to deal with the trauma of abortions, where women are hurt by the very same priority of Minister Harris.

Surely Minister Harris could make better use of the taxpayers’ funds by increasing our hospitals capacity and employing more doctors, nurses and allied staff but that is not the political priority of our Minister Harris.

Catherine Treacy

Castletroy

Co Limerick

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