23 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Strong political criticism of Fine Gael representatives at local and national level for failing to deliver in government on promises made in relation to the improvement of service provision at Monaghan General Hospital was voiced by Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.
Concern was engendered when FG councillor Tommy Hagan told the meeting that it was “definite” that cuts to the hours of operation of the hospital’s Minor Injury Unit would come into effect in October as part of a Health Service Executive cost-cutting measure, although later in the meeting his party colleague and Council Cathaoirleach David Maxwell said that he had received no confirmation of this from the higher echelons of his party.
The “rumour” that the Minor Injury Unit was to have its hours cut was raised by SF’s Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha, who asked where Minister for Health Dr James Reilly stood in relation to this matter. She went on to refer to “the lies that have been told by those in authority down the years” about Monaghan General Hospital, and said that this did not help the credibility of those responsible.
Colr Hagan said that it was “definite” that on October 1 the Minor Injury Unit would have its weekday hours reduced to 9-5 and would be closed at weekends. He made the argument that the charging of a small fee to patients who used the unit, perhaps €20, would accommodate the savings the HSE were attempting to make by this measure and would enable the unit to keep going at its existing hours.
SF’s Donal Sherry said that what Colr Hagan had told the meeting was “an absolute disgrace”.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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