Experts and expertise

Sir, – The excellent article “Experts need to learn when to say ‘I don’t know’”, by Muiris Houston, should be read and digested, and not just by those working in the field of healthcare (Health + Family, July 11th).

The numbers of “experts” working in or discussing health, homelessness, poverty and community, and so on, is increasing by the day, with many quoted regularly in the media and their words going unchallenged.

Many of these “experts” exert political clout – also without challenge.

There are of course many very dedicated, experienced personnel working in all those areas but what defines an expert remains a mystery.

The lyrics of Mac Davis come to mind, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way”. – Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

Bride Road,

Dublin 8.