Archive for October 8th, 2012

Thousands dying of hunger, thirst and bedsores in NHS hospital care – Is it happening here too ?
October 8, 2012

I was struck  on a recent hospital visit to a friend to see food put in front of an elderly woman who was clearly unable to feed herself (due to ill health and possibly to medication).  She was left with a tray plonked down in front of her and given no help by staff  in cutting it up or eating it.   Also windows were wide open and she was far too cold and was unable to cover herself.

A report in the UK  has shown that thousands of people are dying in hospitals and nursing home s due to lack of basic nursing – some starving to death and others dying of thirst.  One young man died of dehydration in hospital after having phoned 999 to get the police as he was  dehydrated and could not get staff to give him water.  UK hospital food is notoriously inadequate and malnutrition an ongoing problem.  Studies there have shown that it is normal to lose weight in hospital.  Irish hospital food can be good, but only if the person can eat it.

Does anyone have any experience of this happening in Irish hospitals?  What can be done for people who don’t have friends or family to visit them and to feed them each day?

Is there a need for a new grade of nurses who don’t have degrees, but do know how to – and have time to – look after patients’ basic needs ?

C. Flower    8 October 2012
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Is it time to revisit the idea of a federal republic? Should Sinn Fein re-embrace “Eire Nua” ?
October 8, 2012

The republican movement abandoned Éire Nua mainly because it was perceived as being a sop to Unionism. That accusation can hardly be thrown at it now,  given the Good Friday agreement.

1971  pamphlet on Éire Nua:

Eire Nua proposed four regional parliaments, as well as an all-island national one.

One of the main faults with Leinster house is the focus given to local issues rather than national – a perfect example of this is the way it has been consumed by Reilly’s primary health care centers. With regional Dáils or perhaps even more local assemblies such as County Councils to argue over such issues the national one would be free to focus on national issues, and the people elected to it would be elected on a national platform, rather than on a promise of getting the road fixed.

It would also go a way towards addressing the Dublin-centric nature of our current government, – the West has been massively neglected. With a regional Dáil this situation would be greatly improved. As for Ulster, it would perhaps ease the blow of the ending of the Union.

Some more  info on Eire Nua here 

It’s clear that the current political system has failed the Irish people utterly – it’s dysfunctional, undemocratic and playing a major part in holding the Irish people down. An alternative system needs to be found. Instead of embracing the current system and trying to work around its crippling limitations we should be looking for a new way to do things. We need visionary politics, not a variation of a doomed theme.

Saoirse go Deo   8.10.2012

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