OPINION

Managing state hospitals

Over the next few days the coalition government is expected to announce the names of the new directors taking over the management of public hospitals. These are key positions which should under no circumstances be filled by failed politicos or courtiers of the ruling parties.

These positions ought to be filled by capable people with experience, people whose qualifications are relevant to the job description, professionals who will be in a position to put these state institutions into some kind of order, as opposed to befriending unionists.

Even though salaries have reached a particularly low point, courtesy of out-of-control populism, there are people who deserve to be appointed to such positions and are currently in search of a job.

This is a first-rate opportunity for the three-party government to prove that it has rid itself of old-style party habits and practices once and for all.