Health Minister Simon Harris has told the MacGill Summer School It's time we moved beyond using words "Angola" and "dysfunctional" to describe the health service.
He said it's a service that keeps the people of Ireland healthy and gives them great care when they fall ill.
He said it's time we stopped looking at the obstacles and concentrated on the positive direction in which the health service can travel.
Earlier, he opened the Affidea clinic in Letterkenny, which drew some criticism from Deputy Thomas Pringle who claimed it signalled a two tier health service.
That's something Minister Harris denies......