Poll thumbs-down for Harney's record

Nearly half of the public believes health services have actually disimproved since Mary Harney took over as Health Minister four years ago today.

As public concern mounts about cancer misdiagnoses and health cutbacks, we asked our registered readers whether they thought, after four years as Minister, Mary Harney had made a difference to the health service.

Forty-eight per cent of our viewers felt she had made a difference, but for the wrong reasons, with this proportion of those polled feeling services have declined since the current Minister assumed office.

A further 33% felt Mary Harney had made no difference, good or bad, to the service, while only 14% felt that services had actually improved under her tenure.

A further five per cent said they were unsure.

To view the full poll results and comments, plus the results of previous polls, click on...

Meanwhile, HSE CEO Prof Brendan Drumm said on RTE Radio at the weekend that a redundancy scheme would probably be put in place in the next year for around 1,000 HSE backroom staff.


[Posted: Mon 29/09/2008]


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