Bill Gates has warned that Irish doctors “need more money” after the country’s healthcare system is in crisis.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Microsoft founder said Ireland was “an extraordinary country” and needed to take steps to improve the health of its population.
“There are a lot of challenges, but also opportunities, opportunities to make this country a great country, a great place to work, and also a great society,” he said.
Gates also said Ireland needed to do more to help it cope with the consequences of Brexit, which has led to the closure of hospitals, universities and schools.
“The country has become an extraordinary country, but we need to be more ambitious and take some of the things we are doing now to the next level,” he added.
Gives Irish doctors more funding to provide better servicesHe also gave some of his thoughts on the UK’s Brexit, stating that while he supports its decision to leave the European Union, he believes it has not achieved much.
“I don’t think there has been any real impact on the economy.
I think there’s been a huge disruption to the economy and, you know, the trade union movement,” he told RTÉ News.
Gays Minister for Health James Reilly has been in charge of the Health Service Executive (HSE) for the past two years, having previously held a number of posts in the previous Labour government.
Speaking at the launch of his memoir, The Man Who Bought His House, the former Microsoft executive said the country needed to move on from the past.
“As a country we have not really dealt with the past and I think we’re still in the dark, the dark days of the past, the past that the British people are still grappling with,” he argued.
“So the good news is that the good people of Ireland are waking up and we have a plan for how we deal with the future.”