Irish Cancer Society has to learn from U-turn
Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30
Apologies and U-turns do not sit well with charities - and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) found itself announcing one of each yesterday. The previous day's revelation that it would be closing the financial support fund for patients caused needless shock and dismay. Cutting financial support for those fighting cancer should only ever have been countenanced when all other avenues had been exhausted.
Its decision to partially row back on an erroneous and ill-judged decision by reinstating the fund - but only for the families of children fighting the disease - is to be commended.
But lessons must be learned. The charity says it will work to find the savings necessary - but had it undertaken this work prior to announcing the cut, much anxiety and upset might have been spared. The U-turn was a result of anger among patients, families, donors and volunteers who have backed the society all over the country. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that adults will still be affected by the cuts.
The society has done outstanding work - and the public has rewarded it with generosity. The ICS must be backed, but it must also be mindful of the trust and regard in which it is held.