Maxwell hopeful that Health Minister will visit Monaghan Hospital

6 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fine Gael’s David Maxwell told Tuesday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council that he was hopeful that Minister for Health James Reilly would visit Monaghan General Hospital in the near future.
Colr Maxwell said the FG members of the Council, along with Cavan/Monaghan TDs Heather Humphreys and Sean Conlon, were in the process of trying to get Minister Reilly to come to Monaghan to meet with a Co Council delegation and visit the hospital.
“We hope to have that meeting secured in the next four-six weeks,” he stated. Reiterating that the pressure was coming on from both the local councillors and the TDs, he said it was also proposed that the Minister would meet with members of the Monaghan General Hospital Community Alliance during his visit.
Earlier in the meeting, some disappointment had been expressed with the contents of a letter from Minister Reilly’s Private Secretary, Darragh Scully, which acknowledged the Co Council’s request that the Minister meet a delegation to urgently discuss the provision of an out-of-hours emergency service in Co Monaghan and overcrowding at Cavan General Hospital.
“Your letter will be brought to the attention of the Minister at the earliest opportunity,” the correspondence stated.
Independent councillor Paudge Connolly said the letter was fobbing the Council off, and he did not see it as adequate. Health services were being cut and chopped left, right and centre and a couple of maternity emergencies had occurred in the county in the last two weeks.

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