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Friday 15 December 2017

Editorial: Treatment of CF patients scandalous

THE scandalous treatment of cystic fibrosis patients in this country must rank among the most shameful of all the mishaps and missed opportunities in our health services.

Right through the boom years it seems no one in authority thought the lives of these people were important enough to provide them with proper facilities.

CF sufferers are not asking for high-tech equipment, expensive drugs and expensive procedures. They simply need single, en-suite rooms in hospitals so they can keep away from infections.

Instead they, quite literally, face death each and every time they have to make their frequent trips to a hospital.

The fear surrounding each visit, for both the CF sufferers and their families, is incalculable and unnecessary.

Shame on the Minister for Health and the HSE for allowing so many of these people to die.

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