Transplant facilities for children

 

Sir, – An infant patient of mine is due to travel to the UK for a bone marrow transplant under the E112 scheme. This procedure could be carried out at Crumlin children’s hospital if a transplant physician were employed as all other necessary facilities and expertise are already in place. Instead, this child’s family will be disrupted and his siblings will be without their parents for months on end. The employment of a transplant physician at Crumlin hospital would lead to savings to the Irish taxpayer and would significantly lessen the burden for numerous families every year. – Yours, etc,

Dr ELLEN CRUSHELL,

Metabolic Paediatrician,

National Centre for

Inherited Metabolic

Disorders,

Temple Street Children’s

University Hospital,

Dublin 1.