Helicopters are all the rage these days, so here is another heli-tale to ponder.
Fast transportation of injured casualties to medics is one of the tasks that helicopters are specially good at.
The HSE (called by Dr John Crown the armed wing of the Department of Health) doesn't seem aware of helicopters. Maybe someone should tell them.
Their principal trauma hospital in the south of the country - Cork University Hospital - does not have a helicopter landing pad.
You know, the kind of thing the guy next door has in his garden? Upscale it a bit and you have an idea of all it takes to allow the Air Corps air ambulance pilots or the RAF or our outsourced marine Search and Rescue fliers to touch down.
Providing one of those at a Level One Trauma Centre is beyond the capabilities of all seven veils of management in the HSE.
If you have the misfortune to need air medevac to CUH here is the route: they pick you up, and fly to Cork Airport, five miles south of Cork city. There you are moved out of the chopper and into an Ambulance. Then you are driven down through the Kinsale Road roundabout and along a circuitous route via the Cork traffic, including the notorious Wilton roundabout, to the CUH, where you are finally decanted into the fine A&E Department. There you will get first class care. If you are still alive.
On discharge, if you survive, you will be able to contemplate the acres of car parking spaces, and the site earmarked for construction of the Mary Harney Memorial Co-Located Private Capital Hospital.