Health tends to come high up on voters' priority lists but it's definitely not top this time. Of course, the focus is on jobs, economy, and the bank bailout. And while there is lots of rhetoric on health, we have yet to see much of the detail from political parties and candidates.
This is different to previous occasions when health caused and influenced elections. Compare it to the 1987, when the Fianna Fáil slogan 'health cuts hurt the old, the sick and the handicapped'. In 1989, a health issue – the compensation for people infected with haemophilia through infected blood products caused the Fianna Fáil government to fall and resulted in them going into coalition for first time with PDs.Add a comment