RTE Health correspondent Sara Burke to speak at Nenagh Arts Centre next Wednesday

Sara Burke

RTE Radio’s Drivetime Health Correspondent Sara Burke will present a talk entitled ‘The Irish health system, what lies ahead for national and local services?’ to an audience at Nenagh Arts Centre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd.

This talk should be of significant interest to those working in the local hospitals in the area, chemists, doctors, and other healthcare workers as well as the general public The talk will look at local provision in relation to  Nenagh Hospital and other Centres around the country and the overarching national agenda While it is not possible to predict what will actually happen to the public health system in Ireland in the years ahead, including hospitals such as Nenagh, the Programme for Government and recent announcements by Minister James Reilly give us a pretty good idea of what direction he wants to go. Whether these plans are possible in the context of the austerity imposed on the country through the EU/IMF/ECB deal remains to be seen. This talk will explore how we got the unequal, inefficient system that we have and make some suggestions for the future which could ensure a quality, universal public health system.

Sara Burke is a journalist, broadcaster and health policy analyst. She has a weekly health slot on RTE Radio 1′s Drivetime programme. Her book on the Irish health system ‘Irish Apartheid, Healthcare Inequality in Ireland’ was published by New Island in 2009. She is a regular broadcaster and writer, with her work appearing in Irish newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes.

The talk takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday November 23rd and is supported by the Mayor of Nenagh, Cllr. Virginia O’Dowd’s office. All are welcome and admission is free.

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