28 October 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the Minor Injury Unit at Monaghan General Hospital will have its hours of operation reduced from November 1 next, and will only be available to the public from 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday.
“This service will not be open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays,” a statement released by the HSE earlier this week confirmed.
It advised any patients who have minor injuries requiring treatment after 5 pm on a weekday, or such injuries at weekends, to contact the North East Doctor on Call service, or alternatively they will be seen the following morning at the MIU.
“In the case of an emergency all patients should contact their nearest emergency department,” the HSE has advised.
The Executive said that the decision to reduce MIU hours was made “as part of the additional cost containment measures in Cavan and Monaghan Hospitals in order to ensure the hospital group remains within its budget allocation for 2011.
“Prior to this decision an in-depth analysis of each service has been conducted. The focus of this analysis is based on risk assessment, patient activity levels, staff resources, the service impact and the cost of the service.”
The HSE added that they are viewing the change in MIU hours as “a temporary measure” which is necessary now, but will be reviewed “in light of budgetary considerations and patient activity levels in the future.”
Chairman of the Monaghan Community Alliance hospital activism group, Peadar McMahon, has declared himself “disgusted” with the HSE confirmation of the cut in the MIU hours.
He said that while the issue had been raised some weeks ago, he found it had to believe that the HSE was pressing ahead with the move.
He described the advice given by the HSE to prospective patients to go elsewhere at weekends, or wait until Monday, as adding further insult to injury.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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