7. Healthcare Crisis; Waiting Lists, Trolley Situation, Service Issues & External Influences.

The Issues

  • 730,000 people on waiting lists for essential services & procedures
  • Some waiting as long as 3 to 4 years.
  • Trolley situation.
  • Waste of Resources.
  • Duplication of effort and activity.
  • Under utilise equipment.
  • Over burdened with top (non medical?) management.
  • Effective Healthcare, i.e. actually cure people.
  • Big Pharma influences.

“We do not have enough people on our team to provide timely access to high quality care.” “Everybody in this country should expect that if their GP feels they need access to secondary or tertiary care that they should get that within 6 weeks. That is their right.”

Dr. Gabrielle Colleran – IHCA Vice President speaking before the Oireachtas Committee.

“Our constitution says that you have a duty to defend their right to life, the life of that person.” “To the million people waiting on lists, people waiting 3-4 years to access, they don’t feel very protected, defended by you right now.”

Dr. Gabrielle Colleran

Healthcare Influence & Control by Big Pharma.

Big pharma and health care: unsolvable conflict of interests between private enterprise and public health: Published in PubMed.gov National Library of Medicine.

“The industry, funding over 80% of trials, sets up a research agenda guided more by marketing than by clinical considerations. Smart statistical and epidemiological tactics help obtain the desired results. Budget for marketing is by far greater than for research. Massive advertising to physicians and to the public gets increasingly sophisticated: ghost writing, professional guidelines, targeting of consumer groups and manipulating media for disease mongering.”

PubMed.gov National Library of Medicine.

The illusion of evidence based medicine

Mental Health

According to Mental Health Ireland, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life.

Earlier research from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland found that mental health issues among the younger population are alarmingly prevalent. That found that 1 in 5 people between the ages of 19 and 24 are suffering from some sort of mental disorder, with 19% having considered suicide at some point. Even in children between the ages of 11 and 13, it was found that 1 in 6 will experience mental health difficulties.

The ‘Pandemic’ has further exacerbated this situation.