21 October 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Responsibility for the provision of services at the Minor Injury Unit of Monaghan General Hospital rests with the Health Service Executive, Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has informed Monaghan Town Council.
The Minister, in a letter circulated at Monday night’s meeting of the Council, thanked the members for their recent letter concerning the unit (which is facing the prospect of reduced hours of operation from November 1).
Minister Reilly stated: “The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive and under the Act, the Executive is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services.
“Responsibility for the provision of services rests with the Executive. A copy of your correspondence has been referred to the Chief Executive Officer of the HSE who will arrange for the matter to be investigated and a reply issued directly to you.”
Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha noted that, at their last meeting, the
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Council was told that the hours at the MIU would be cut on October 1, but she understood this had subsequently been extended to November 1.
“This letter is typical of what we are getting now, and got from the last Government – just passing the buck from the Dept to the HSE,” the Sinn Féin councillor stated. “We are left in mid-air as to who is responsible.”
Colr Uí Mhurchadha said it was very disappointing for Monaghan Town that the people of Monaghan were being subjected to this, and that something more was being chipped away from their hospital.
The Cathaoirleach (David Maxwell) said it was announced at the last meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum that the reduced hours would come into operation at the MIU from November 1.
Colr Uí Mhurchadha said that was very regrettable for the people of Monaghan.

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