From Attic Archives.
Letter to Irish Times April 29 2003
In his strong attack on government incompetence over the handling of the SARS crisis (Irish Times, April 25th) Jasper Becker makes the following points.
1. Government leaders have been caught lying about the scandalous, half-baked reform of the health system.
2. A two-tier health service is paid for by the poor but favours the rich.
3. Government control of the media prevents them from reporting freely and fully on matters of public concern.
Mr. Becker was writing about the Chinese government but Irish citizens will not be unfamiliar with this type of system.