David Robbins: Playing the waiting game in A&E at 1am on a wednesday . . .
The waiting room of the A&E department at St James's Hospital in Dublin does not improve upon acquaintance. It is a spare, uncomfortable place, and looks for all the world like a boarding gate at the airport of a former Soviet republic.
Banks of airport-style chairs are bolted to the floor. Vending machines blink and whirr along the walls. An electronic board facing the entrance flashes alternating messages.
"The average waiting time to see a doctor is eight hours," says one.