Questions over cancellation of child operations
The new year, like the old, bids to bring us a flood of health crises and even health scandals. The word "scandalous" certainly applies to the disclosure that in one of our three children's hospitals, Tallaght, 800 operations were cancelled in 2010 and 640 up to November 2011.
This word has been used before. Last year, Dr James Reilly used it when he complained that nearly 24,000 children were waiting for specialist appointments in the three hospitals.
He had right on his side. Nobody needs telling about the dreadful vulnerability of a patient or the endless anxiety caused by the illness of a child.