Hallo everyone, Daisies I really hope you are doing okay at this stage and recovering from the trauma of Monday. Just to let you know that I have received an email from Minister for Health and he was referring the matter of oncology shortages to Hse patient Advocate. Then today got a lovely email from admin in CUH acknowledging the shortages of staff in oncology and that steps had been taken to improve the situation shortly. I sent email back thanking her for her prompt reply. I explained how difficult it is when you are first on treatment and you have dreadful nausea that you need to contact an oncology team member. I also explained what did happen in the past, the Reg would ring a new script through to the local chemist. I told her that this was important especially when newly diagnosed. I have praised the present oncologist and the oncology staff to re enforce that I dont have an issue with them. I told her that really it wasnt helpful asking an oncology patient to attend a and e where they are open to infection. I pointed out that I understood a new oncology unit was to be built in CUH and that services would probably improve then but asked her what happens meantime. The Prof will think I am off on another rant but maybe also it is good for patients to complain to improve the standards for the consultants and doctors, ourselves and new patients coming along. Daisies my father had a similar saying as you mentioned during the week" the dumb parson looses his benefit"