Consider the following email from Brendan Gleeson, read out on the Marian Finucane Show last Saturday.
I have witnessed my parents, both in their 80s, spend days and nights on trolleys in an overcrowded unit totally ill equipped to take care of them. The place is overrun and at times, filthy. This is not anecdotal, this is fact.
The staff are unable to cope, despite incredible commitment because the set up is stacked against them. Sick people are reduced to grabbing chairs, never mind beds from others who have gone to the toilet. My father spent six hours on a chair, afraid to vacate it, he’s 88. He paid VHI all his life along with the heavy taxation of the day which he viewed as a duty.
He spent four days and nights on a trolley having suffered a stroke and subsequent blindness. His dinner lay at the end of the trolley, untouched because they had forgotten he was blind and that he couldn’t see it.
My mother spent over two days and nights unable to use the solitary toilet in the unit when she needed to because she couldn’t get off the trolley unaided and by the time she reluctantly called a nurse, the toilet was occupied again. This was an unspeakable indignity to a woman of her generation and standards of personal hygiene. When she finally got to the toilet, it was covered in blood which incidentally she attempted to clean.
When my dad took ill again, he refused a doctors advice to go in – He couldn’t face it
Now consider the following: (Taken from a quick look at some files)
€9 billion: Over runs on road building â€“ Gross incompetence by civil servants
€1.35 billion: Cost to taxpayer resulting from the deal done between Church and State over child abuse – Criminality, cruelty and incompetence by church and state
€1 billion: Illegal charging of the elderly in nursing homes â€“ Criminality, cruelty and gross incompetence by civil servants.
€180 million: Amount spent on a computer system that was supposed to cost €9 million and doesn’t work â€“ Gross incompetence
€20 million: Cost of tribunal into the taking of childrens organs without permission. – Gross incompetence and arrogance.
Hundreds of millions: Ansbacher, Dirt, Organised financial crime, etc. – Standard (and apparently acceptable) level of criminality in Irish financial community.
Only one question arises from the above – Why are the Irish people so docile and politically ignorant?