The account given by our columnist Colette Fitzpatrick of giving birth in one of our top maternity hospital's will shock many people today. It beggars belief that any expectant mother should have the indignity of having their waters broken on a trolley in a corridor.
Whether a public or private patient, this is not acceptable in this day and age.
The Dublin maternity hospitals have been coping with an increased workload without a corresponding increase in funding or space to cope with the sheer numbers.
As Colette herself pointed out, it is an indictment of the state of our health system that any woman is put into a situation like that at a time when they are vulnerable.
Her account of her hospital experience comes at a time when there are a record number of patients on trolleys in accident and emergency departments.
It is truly shameful.