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A LIGHT has been shone on Ireland's third world health service after it was disclosed bodies are being left to decompose in the corridors of Waterford University Hospital.

It is almost beyond belief remains are being stored on trolleys with bodily fluids leaking on to the floors in a public area.

The Irish Patients Association described the situation as "a terrible testimony of how those deceased and their loved ones' right to dignity in death have been violated".

They are right but in a country where the sick and elderly are left waiting on trolleys for days it might not be surprising health service mandarins have so little respect for the dead.

It should also be noted more than 500 patients were denied hospital beds yesterday.

There appears to be lack of will to address the appalling situation at Waterford University Hospital as it has been deteriorating for years.

It got so bad last October that four consultants were left with no other option but to make direct contact with Gerry O'Dwyer, the chief of the South West Hospital Group.

What is even more shocking is the mortuary facilities at Waterford were "deemed unfit for purpose as far back as 2004" yet nothing was done to improve them.

The people of the South East might ask political candidates how this disastrous situation was allow to continue when they come looking for votes in upcoming elections.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Apr 25, 2019
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