I've just been watching a report on RTÉ about a new privateer hospital in Cork, and I was struck by the description given to it by its boss. He called it a low cost medical mall, where patients would be got in and out as quickly as possible. No sign of Hypocrates here - just neo-liberal profiteering. Is this not the extreme of the profiteering attitude that Maurice Nelligan warned us of? Where medicine is taken out of the hands of doctors and patients, and reduced to profiteers and their consumers? Is it not time for the Irish people to re-assert ourselves as human beings, and not docile victims of the profiteers?