Is the Health Service for Healing?

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Is the Health Service for Healing?


This candid examination by campaigner, Irish Heart Foundation founder and former St Vincent's consultant cardiologist Risteárd Mulcahy looks back and forward at the Irish health system and its evolution, current difficulties and probable future state.

Is The Health Service for Healing? is an honest and often critical examination of the way the Irish health system has evolved and the difficulties it finds itself in now. As Prof. Risteárd Mulcahy spent most of his professional life as a consultant in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin he is uniquely placed to comment on the health system's expansion, challenges, achievements and increasingly its numerous difficulties.

Ireland's two tier system; the crisis in accident and emergency departments; the medical and nursing professions; the health boards; and local and national government are all examined, discussed and often singled out for critical comments and scrutiny. For anyone within, or with a serious interest in the nation's health and its health system, this book is essential reading.

About the Author 

Professor Risteárd Mulcahy was head of the cardiology department and the heart disease research unit at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He is a past president of the Irish Medical Association and was one of the founders of the Irish Heart Association. He also has a strong political background.

Risteárd has devoted much of his professional life researching the causes of coronary heart disease and has been active in the prevention of heart disease through healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise and the control of cigarette smoking. He has had a long-term interest in the health service in Ireland.

Risteárd also practices what he preaches: he works two days a week, remains a keen walker who fits in 18 holes of golf two or three times a week and he ran his first marathon at the age of sixty-one.

ISBN: 9781905483155

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