Saturday 20 October 2018

Kevin Myers: Welfare of our disabled children never a priority with politicians

HERE is a simple truth. Some children are born with unavoidable disabilities. That being so, why is this State almost pathological in its failure to ensure that disabled children and their families are given all possible assistance to make life bearable, without their taking the path of litigation first?

No one could possibly contemplate the Mark Duffy case last week without a deep sense of compassion and indignation for the boy and his family, in their vain attempt to seek compensation for the cerebral palsy that has devastated his life. Not merely did they fail in their bid for compensation: they are left with half the legal expenses of the National Maternity Hospital in its defence.

It could have been worse. The Duffys would have had to pay the entire costs of one million, had not the NMH raised an issue which delayed proceedings by five months, but then did not proceed with it.

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