TDs pledge to keep Monaghan Hospital on national agenda

18 March 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

FOUR of the five newly elected TDs for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency have pledged their support for Monaghan General Hospital to be put back on call.
A meeting between the members of Clones Town Council and deputies Heather Humphreys, Sean Conlan, Joe O’Reilly andCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin took place on Friday last, 11th March.
The issues on the agenda were ‘The difficulties arising as a result of Monaghan Hospital not being “on call” and the overcrowded conditions in Cavan Hospital’ and ‘The proposal to reduce/amalgamate VECs in the country.’
After welcoming everybody present, Clones town mayor Deirdre Kelly passed the floor over to Independent councillor Peter McAleer who had raised the issue of the hospital at a recent meeting of Clones Town Council.
Cllr McAleer said that the councillors had had several meetings in the past with TDs to express both their concerns and the concerns of the people of Monaghan over the removal of services from the hospital with particular regard to the overcrowding situation which resulted in Cavan General Hospital.
People didn’t want false commitments from the new TDs and Cllr McAleer urged the four deputies present to make their voices heard on the issue in the Dáil. “A clear and precise statement is needed from the Government and the new Minister for Health, (Dr James Reilly), that something will be done about the situation.”
The Independent councillor also referred to the “perfectly equipped” Monaghan General Hospital and said people were relying on the newly elected TDs to commit to the issue.
Sinn Féin councillor Pat Treanor commended party colleague Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin who had been “to the fore” of the lobbying of the Government to save the services in Monaghan General Hospital. He also welcomed the Fine Gael manifesto which plans to phase out the Health Service Executive. “We don’t need anymore expert reports about the fall-out, there are stark figures that show the amount of people waiting on trollies in Cavan,” Cllr Treanor commented.

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