Wednesday 23 August 2017

Martina Devlin: Begging letters fiasco highlights how all is sacrificed to pay huge wage bill

AT THIS time of national emergency, it's a consolation to remember the country is in the very best of hands.

That's why government employees are sending begging letters to the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), suggesting the charity might rustle up taxis to take an elderly patient to hospital appointments or pay the cleaning bill at a sick woman's home.

In a twist that defies parody, social workers from the HSE are writing to a charity, suggesting public donations could be used as sticking plasters to cover the gaping wounds in the health service.

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