Spooky hap­pen­ings in our health ser­vice cap­ture the in­ter­est of Mau­rice Gueret, such as 800pc mark-ups on as­pirin

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - RUDE HEALTH -

pre­scrib­ing an­ti­his­tamines for a lady be­fore she un­der­took ‘physi­cian ex­er­cise’. An­other lady had a colonoscopy which found se­vere ‘spam’ through­out her bowel. Per­haps it was spasm. A prostate pa­tient, Welsh per­haps, passed urine fre­quently, had to get up at night to do so, and once had a ‘leek’. One lady pa­tient re­ceived a rude shock when she was treated for an in­fected 4cm x 4cm ‘sala­cious’ cyst, rather than the more usual se­ba­ceous one. about whether Water­ford right­fully has a re­gional pop­u­la­tion of half a mil­lion peo­ple, or a lot less. Kilkenny is only a county hos­pi­tal. Water­ford is sup­posed to be the re­gional one, but lo­cal Fine Gael pol­i­tics mit­i­gates against it. Within days of the de­ci­sion against them, Health Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris was down in neigh­bour­ing Kilkenny singing the praises of its lo­cal hos­pi­tal. He was in the com­pany of the party’s TD for Car­low/ Kilkenny, a man born and ed­u­cated in Water­ford. This row has the po­ten­tial to be a heart­breaker, and will run and run. Un­til it’s de­cided how safe it is to keep crit­i­cally ill pa­tients wait­ing un­til morn­ing, or rush­ing around back­roads in the back of am­bu­lances. haunts are few. With the week­end that’s in it, I’d be in­ter­ested in hear­ing of any ghostly ex­pe­ri­ences that read­ers might have had in Ir­ish hos­pi­tals, or any mem­o­ries they have of spooky clin­i­cal tales. You can al­ways reach me at PO Box 5049, Dublin 6w or

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