13 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard


FINE Gael Dail deputy Sean Conlan has revealed that the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly T.D., has agreed to urgent talks on the future of Monaghan General Hospital—directly involving himself and his officials—with representatives from Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Town Council, as requested in recent weeks by both local authorities.
The Minister’s willingness to have on-the-spot discussions with the local public representatives, following personal representations from the new Ballybay-based Fine Gael TD on the need for the development of the services at Monaghan General Hospital, is seen as a hugely welcome “breakthrough” in the protracted campaign to get adequate Ministerial interest in the all-important situation in relation to hospital services for the people of Co. Monaghan.
Deputy Conlan said yesterday that in the wake of the urgency expressed by his local authority counterparts at recent meetings of Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Town Council, for the need for talks with Minister Reilly on the issue, he was “in regular contact with the Minister, seeking to have the desired discussions speedily arranged”.
He said Minister Reilly has been acquainted with the importance of the situation for the people in Cavan/Monaghan, and he has agreed to the meeting, “as soon as possible.”
Deputy Conlan said that with the Minister’s extremely busy schedule, they are currently trying to arrange “ a suitable date and venue” for the forthcoming talks.
Deputy Conlan said: “I have already made it very clear to Minister Reilly how important this issue is, for all the people in this area, and I also pointed out to the Minister, how the people of Co. Monaghan were so badly neglected in the past by previous Ministers of Health, Micheal Martin and Mary Harney, in relation to our hospital services”.
“I have already emphasized to the Minister how vitally important it is for him to deliver on his pre-Election promise to develop the services at Monaghan General Hospital” .
Deputy Conlan also revealed some details yesterday of a range of all-important proposals, which he has already put to the Minister, including the development of a medical assessment unit at Monaghan General Hospital as well as increased day surgery, additional specialized clinics at the hospital, and the increased use of in-patient beds with elective admission, as per a “Model 2” general hospitals’ model.
Deputy Conlan said he is delighted by the Minister’s response to his request for the talks with the concerned Co. Monaghan public representatives in relation to the hospital issue.
Full report in Northern Standard

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