Editorial: Anita tragic victim of budget cuts
The death of 24-year-old Anita Slowey puts a tragic human face on the state of our health services. As the election campaign gets into full swing the concentration is on a raft of abstract ideas from economics to strategic plans.
Anita has shown us that all the talk about budget cuts and manifestoes comes right down to the suffering of individuals.
Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Anita, had campaigned for a special unit in St Vincent's hospital in Dublin to allow CF patients to be treated with safety in private rooms away from the deadly danger of infection by other patients.
When we had money we failed to spend it wisely and in a way that would make the lives of people like Anita easier and happier.
Brave Anita has sharply drawn our attention to the human beings behind all the abstract decisions.