I’ve started to write tonight’s blog half a dozen times.

I know what I want to say but I don’t know how. I don’t want to misrepresent anything. I don’t want to ignore all the efforts made by so many people. I don’t want to accuse anybody of anything.

But I have been thinking about this all weekend.

Four months ago, Pádraig arrived with a list of equipment for which he had been assessed, a care plan, and a therapy plan. He was then assessed again, in a hospital, by other experts, and an application was put together.

It turns out they could have saved themselves the effort. What Pádraig is going to get does not depend on what he requires (as assessed by the experts) but by the budget available.

I know this sounds controversial, is not politically correct, and will most likely offend someone reading this – but: to me it looks like as if the HSE could save themselves a lot of money doing assessments and just get the accountants to decide what what treatment one should get.