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The dead body, the individual and the limits of medicine
Órla O’Donovan

those in need. It is a matter of trying to find the appropriate response’ (ibid.: 97). As seen earlier, rationing access to medicine was depicted as apocalyptic and in the realm of the horrors of science fiction. At no point was the informal rationing of medicine that takes place acknowledged. Austerity, as noted by Thomas, Burke and Barry (2014: 1546), ‘has yielded increased rationing’ in forms such as growing waiting lists due to a 10% reduction in the number of public hospital beds between 2008 and 2012. But neither was there any acknowledgement that healthcare

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland