I would be prepared to leave Reilly there for another year or two, partially in the belief that there is reform going on and it's a slow process.
However, this report in today's Irish Times
Troika unease at pace of health reforms - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 04, 2013
makes me worry a bit (more).
The structural reforms that the Troika demand I believe are extremely difficult domestically for politicians, but I believe are in general for the betterment of the country.
The issues they raise here are
- Consultants still overpaid
- Hospitals not charging enough for private beds
- We spend too much on drugs
As I said, I'm prepared to give a health minister 3-4 years as with any reform of the health sector, there is a long lead time, and some of the noises that we've been hearing lead me to believe that a lot of the ground work is underway. But if the Troika are expressing these concerns, it makes me start to wonder if Reilly is really going to deliver.