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Older people should not be left waiting for gift of sight

Editor's Viewpoint

Many people have been deeply moved by the sight - in the words of Percy French - of the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea, but for 87-year-old Margaret Marks it was an especially emotional moment. For she had just had her sight restored thanks to an operation to remove cataracts.

Her family paid for the operation after being told it would be some time next year at the earliest when she could have surgery under the NHS. The Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch, makes a valid point in calling for waiting times for older people to be kept as short as possible for obvious reasons. Not everyone is as fortunate as Margaret.

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