“RAPID RESPONSE VEHICLE” TO BE DISCONTINUED

21 October 2011 2 Comments by The Northern Standard

A decision by the National Ambulance Service office of the HSE to discontinue the use of the Rapid Response Vehicle has been slammed this week in statements from Sinn Féin and the Monaghan Hospital Community Alliance.
The latest decision to remove the Rapid Response Vehicle across both Monaghan and north Louth has “robbed the people of Co. Monaghan of yet another important emergency health support” according to Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, who has labelled it as a “further blow to our health services” and a “Fine Gael imposed cutback”.
Deputy Ó Caoláin, who points out that he has written to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly on the matter, is scathing of both the Fine Gael and Labour parties, who he states are continuing the policies of Mary Harney and Fianna Fáil, “the very policies they challenged and opposed throughout the last Government’s terms in office”.
The Sinn Féin TD has urged all concerned citizens to take a stand on the ongoing cuts to health services in Co Monaghan.
“With the decision to seriously reduce the opening hours at the Minor Injuries Unit now quickly followed by the decision to remove a service that was heralded as a key replacement when we lost our acute services at Monaghan General Hospital, this Government’s record in just over six months rivals their predecessors in the contempt stakes.
“Its high time our Fine Gael voices at Dáil and local level stood up and spoke out in support of the people of Co Monaghan and our already reduced health services” stated Deputy Ó Caoláin.
Full report in The Northern Standard

2 Comments »

  • Vicky Kelly said:

    I have severe asthma, and this car has got an advanced paramedic to my house quickly and got extra help to me quickly on many occasions. Owing to Monaghan being so far from Cavan hospital, this service is invaluable and should be kept going. Surely they can think of other things to cut that isn’t going to put people’s lives at risk, such as ministers wages!

  • Catherina said:

    How much more do the people of Monaghan have to take..Were are all the promises Fine Gael made.????The local TD”s need to start earning their money and work together and FIGHT for the Monaghan people..