Joseph Hornick  at home in Taghmon, Co Wexford, whose daughter Amber (11) was diagnosed with a severe spinal curve in October 2018.  ‘We were told her case was urgent and she was in the frame for surgery, but we could get no response.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

Desperate families of children with scoliosis are paying more than €200 for private consultant appointments to secure earlier treatment in the public (...)