The HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) has blamed turn-around times at hospital emergency departments (EDs) over the Christmas and New Year period for the lack of availability of resources to respond to emergency calls.
The concern voiced by Cork councillors about the unconscionable delay in getting the country’s first, and much-needed, charity-funded air ambulance service off the ground raises a life or death question: what is it about the provision of such an amenity that Ireland finds so difficult?
Well-organised unions are, or were, a positive part of Ireland’s economic evolution. Today the influence of unions is, effectively, confined to the public sector. Far too many private sector workers are denied meaningful representation.