GLIMMER OF HOPE ON MEDICAL ASSESSMENT UNIT

24 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Disappointment was the dominant note of the debriefing delivered to Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council on last week’s delegation to Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to discuss Monaghan General Hospital.
Fianna Fáil councillor Robbie Gallagher said he had his hopes of a policy change on the Hospital issue dashed at the meeting, and declared that the hospital’s future appeared as bleak as ever, while Sean Conlon of Sinn Féin criticised the Minister’s grasp of the concerns surrounding the facility and said that Fine Gael was still “floundering” to implement alternative health policies to the previous government. Independent councillor Seamus Treanor remarked critically on the “army” of HSE “spin doctors” that accompanied the Minister.
FG’s Tommy Hagan however called for the Minister to be given time. He cited Dr Reilly’s commitment to examine the possibility of providing a Medical Assessment Unit at the Monaghan Hospital site (a prospect which Colr Conlon said was the one “glimmer of hope” to emerge from the meeting) and expressed optimism that the Minister might also sanction the establishment of a Doctor on Call service there.
Cathaoirleach David Maxwell said that last Thursday morning at 10.30 a delegation representative of Monaghan Town Council, Monaghan Co Council and the Community Alliance attended Dáil Éireann to meet the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. Dr Reilly met them with a number of personnel from the HSE North East, among them Stephen Mulvanny and Bridget Clarke.
The Cathaoirleach expressed the view that the meeting was very fruitful – a lot of hard questions were put to the Minister, answers were obtained from him and the HSE and exchanges took place.
Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon said he was not sure if he would agree with the Cathaoirleach’s description of the meeting as fruitful – they did not see the bearing of any fruit. The meeting was useful, and he would thank the Minister for accommodating the delegation. It marked a seachange in approach that Dr Reilly had met them, as the Council’s previous attempts to meet with the former Minister Mary Harney didn’t succeed. The Minister had taken on board their concerns.
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