An elderly disabled non-verbal woman who uses her eyes to communicate now has a good life following a successful court-sanctioned cataract procedure,
'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman
'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman
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An elderly disabled non-verbal woman who uses her eyes to communicate now has a "good life" following a successful court-sanctioned cataract procedure, her sister has told the High Court.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who was also told on Tuesday the sister considers the woman is receiving excellent care at a HSE residential unit previously subject of investigation and controversy, said it was a rare "good news story".

The sister had strongly supported the HSE's application for the eye surgery, saying she did not want her sibling "to live in a dark world".

The woman was waiting three years for the surgery but, while offered it twice previously, could not take it up for health reasons.

A further appointment was scheduled after her physical condition improved and she had the surgery last month after the court sanctioned it in November.

The case was before the judge today for a follow up report.

The woman has been in the care of the HSE since she was aged 10, has a range of disabilities and mainly uses her hands and eyes to communicate.

The HSE's application for orders permitting the surgery was made in the context of intended wardship proceedings, taken with a view to vindicating the woman's rights arising from alleged earlier mistreatment of her in the residential unit.

A decision on whether the woman should be taken into wardship will be made on a later date.

The woman's sister attended the November hearing to strongly support the surgery.

Plaudits

Although the sister could not attend Tuesday's hearing because of a long-awaited hospital appointment, Katherine Kelleher, solicitor for the HSE, said she had sent an email thanking all involved.

Mr Justice Kelly said the email was "very generous", extending plaudits to all involved in the woman's care, and describing the surgery as having made an enormous difference to the woman's life.

"It's a good news story, we don't have many of them here," he remarked.

The sister said the cataract procedure had been a huge success and the woman's quality of life had improved immeasurably because she can see her family members and used her eyes to communicate needs, including for food, choice of clothing and Christmas decorations.

The sister said the woman now has a "good life" because of the improvement in her sight and described the woman's care as excellent, attributing that to the good care being provided by staff in the residential unit.

Counsel representing an advocate for the woman said she had engaged well with the advocate and, when asked how her eyes were, had "smiled and nodded".

Arising from the alleged earlier mistreatment, the advocate is considering how her rights should best be vindicated, counsel said. Consideration was being given to briefing senior counsel and the advocate wanted disclosure of the woman's records.

Mr Justice Kelly said there was no issue about disclosure being permitted but he would defer that pending finalisation of the wardship application.

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'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

A “modest investment” in elective surgery during the winter surge in hospital activity is the practical solution to the predictable annual crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has claimed.

RCSI president, Kenneth Mealy, said people's frustration and annoyance with the current hospital overcrowding crisis and its impact on planned surgeries across the country was understandable and justifiable.

“We share the frustration of the public, healthcare staff and indeed that of the HSE chief executive, Paul Reid,” said Mr Mealy.

“The current situation which sees patients across the country on trolleys, demoralised staff working to provide high-quality care under immense pressure, and elective surgical patients having their surgeries cancelled must be addressed."

RCSI said the current approach to reducing waiting lists by providing €100m each year to the National Treatment Purchase Fund was “wasteful” and “did nothing” to protect elective surgery that decreased by 15% when the winter surge in demand occurred each year.

Mr Mealy said it was important to clarify that elective surgery was not optional surgery – cancer surgery was elective because it was scheduled in advance.

“Elective surgery is often critical, urgent and life-saving and, in many cases, patients will have already waited a considerable period of time for their surgery,” he pointed out.

Mr Mealy said ring-fencing elective surgical beds in the country's acute hospitals would go a “long way” in preventing the annual crisis.

“In Cork, for example, Cork University Hospital and Mercy Hospital have both been instructed to stop elective surgery. South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital has the capacity and modest investment there would allow for increased elective surgery for patients in Cork year-round."

He also suggested that some form of public-private partnership that would see the public system buy theatre time and beds for scheduled elective surgeries from the private hospitals would provide immediate relief in for public hospitals and reduce waiting time for patients.

Meanwhile, there were 579 admitted patients awaiting beds in acute hospitals on Tuesday, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

University Hospital Limerick was the worst affected hospital with 51 patients waiting, followed by Mayo University Hospital that had 46 and University Hospital Galway with 43.

Last week was the worst ever for hospital overcrowding with over 3,000 waiting for a bed, according to an analysis by the INMO.

The 760 patients on trolleys on both Monday and Tuesday last week was the highest ever numbers on a single day.

INMO members count admitted patients waiting for a bed in the emergency department and on wards.

According to the HSE's TrolleyGAR that only records patients in EDs there were 376 waiting on trolleys on Tuesday, with 174 waiting over nine hours for a bed. This represents an 11% decrease when compared to last year when there were 423 patients on trolleys, with 193 waiting over nine hours.

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says Ireland is having the election because the government could not win a confidence motion in their Minister for Health, Simon Harris.

“It’s a symbol of their failures and we are now offering a choice to the electorate, the choice is for more of the same or for change,” she said.

“Sinn Féin will stand up for communities, workers and families, we’ll give workers and families a break.

“This is about the kind of Ireland we want to create and live in, and the electorate will have to ask themselves these questions: Who do they believe will put money back in their pocket?

“Who do they believe will take on the insurance industry and other vested interests? Who do they believe can deliver a huge council house building programme and affordable housing?

“Who do they believe will plan for their future? And the answer to all of these questions is Sinn Féin will.”

Ms McDonald added that although they are open to speaking to both major political parties, “the first people who have to be consulted are the citizens of this land”.

“People know that for all the talk of economic recovery, many, many families actually have less money in their pocket than they had three of four years ago,” she said.

“The people are first, the political establishment are a very, very distant second to them.

Their track record is plain to see, we’re in an election because the government know they cannot continue defending their desperate record in health provision and the Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition has collapsed and here we are.

Although her party suffered major losses in the previous local elections last year, Ms McDonald said she was looking forward to her first general election as party leader.

“We’re going to run a very vigorous campaign, I’m looking forward to it, I like being out on the stump, I like meeting people and it’s a welcome relief from the political show that can go on in the Dail,” she said.

“We’re setting out to defend the seats that we hold, we’re confident we can do that, we don’t underestimate the challenge, but we’re confident.

“Every election is about convincing people voter by voter and there is no room for complacency.

“This campaign will be very different, we’ve listened, we’ve learned, we’ve been very honest with each other.

“This time you’ll see a clear policy platform for workers for families, for those people who hear about economic recovery but aren’t experiencing it in their lives, critically for us, for people who don’t have a secure roof over their head.”

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