Denying surgery to our kids is a scandal
THERE are many good things to come out of the story of little Corin Potts. The fact that family, friends and supporters have helped to raise the £35,000 needed for his operation is one of them.
So too is the fact once he has undergone this vital surgery he will be able to walk unaided.
Better still is the news that he and his family will not have to travel to America for the operation.
It can be carried out relatively close to home at Frenchay.
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The kindness and generosity of people, many of whom hardly know him, will help genuinely to change his life.
But what continues to be wrong with this story is that people had to raise money to pay for this surgery, which will now take place in an NHS hospital.
All because NHS Bristol decided Corin's case was not worthy of them paying.
These sorts of decisions, for Corin is just one example, are the scandal of our times.
Surely there is no-one in this country, even the most money conscious politicians, who would deny this little boy the treatment he needs.
Of course the money is available within the NHS. Denying him this operation is morally wrong and shames everyone involved in making that decision.