Monday 5 December 2016

Passing the buck costs us dearly

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

For anyone who has spent any time studying the operation of the Irish administrative system, the contents of the report on the events surrounding the on-off liver transplant of Sligo schoolgirl Meadhbh McGivern have a depressingly familiar ring to them.

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While the 14-year waited to be transported from Sligo to London for the liver transplant that would transform her life, a comedy of errors was unfolding that would cruelly snatch the opportunity from her.

In so far as anyone or anybody was found to be at fault, the blame lies with the HSE. Incredibly, it seems not to have realised that, even before two refuelling stops, it would take almost twice as long for a helicopter rather than a fixed-wing aircraft to make the journey from Sligo to King's College Hospital in London, where the transplant operation was scheduled to take place.

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