Saturday 16 December 2017

Editorial: Suffering of CF patients disgraceful

IRELAND has the highest rate of Cystic Fibrosis in the world and life expectancy is lower than in other countries. We report today on the story of Jillian McNulty, a CF patient in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, who must share a ward with others.

The hospital's single rooms with en-suite facilities are all occupied and Jillian is terrified of catching an infection which could kill her.

St Vincent's was chosen as the site of a 100-bed isolation unit which will provide world-class facilities for patients with CF and other illnesses.

But delays awarding contracts, outside the hospital's control, mean that a sod has yet to be turned on the 18-month project.

If such a facility was not built during the Celtic Tiger years when the country had money to burn, what hope is there now that our appalling health service will deliver in time for Jillian and other sufferers?

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