I think I have seen it all now.
While our Glorious Government are spending billions on fripperies like an underground railway in Dublin, cutbacks are hitting the most vulnerable in society – the disabled.
Now I happen to know a little bit about caring for the disabled, as our Laughingboy is not exactly able to care for himself, and it therefore falls to his mother. I know for a fact that this is not an easy job, as it requires 24 hour attendance, a shed load of medication and a lifetime of dedication. Frankly, she needs all the help she can get.
Our Glorious Government however have decided that carers don’t have many votes and are therefore bottom of the pile when it comes to handing out the few resources we have left. TD’s pay and allowances and the banks are much more important than the disabled so they are doing their damndest to cut back on funding.
The latest wonderful piece of logic comes from the HSE, who, in their infinite wisdom have decided that nappies are expensive and are therefore trying to cut back on them. Some bright spark has come up with the idea that if the person you are caring for needs extra nappies, you have to prove that they are needed. How do you do this? By bringing the used ones in to be weighed, of course.
Enda Egan of the Carers’ Association is not easily shocked, but he was appalled recently by the indignity inflicted on some of his members, in the name of saving the HSE a few euro.
Egan was horrified to learn that some carers who dared to ask for extra incontinence wear to make their loved ones more comfortable, were asked to bring in used “nappies” to be weighed.
A small number of so-called “incontinence managers” put carers through this trauma in a crude attempt to measure the amount of fluid passed, in order to calculate if they really did need more than the permitted quota of pads, he says.
I’m not quite sure how this works though. If the nappy is underweight, are you supposed to bring it back home and put it back on your child or aged parent until they have filled it a bit more? Is there a minimum quantity of piss or poo before a nappy qualifies for renewal?
Finally, our Lords and Masters have reached the lowest of the low. We are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
What am I going to do about it?
I’m going to collect all Laughingboy’s pads and force feed them to that Minister for Obesity of ours.