11 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

FINE Gael Dail deputy Sean Conlan has this week refuted a claim by Sinn Fein’s Deputy Caoimhghin O’Caolain of ‘double standards’ in relation to Monaghan General Hospital, and has, in turn, highlighted what he described as “the double standards and hypocrisy of Sinn Fein”.
In a statement issued yesterday, Deputy Conlan said “ Sinn Fein is always telling the public that they are an All-Ireland party. In Northern Ireland they are in government where they are introducing severe cuts to the Health Service because of budget cuts, yet in the Republic, they are pretending that if they were in government they would not be engaging in cuts to hospital budgets where the budgetary constraints are much greater—-this is a classic case of double standards being applied by a political party”.
Deputy Conlan pointed out that during the recent debate on the motion in question he had strongly called on Minister Reilly to reverse the decision of the HSE and called for the restoration of normal hours at the Monaghan Minor Injuries Unit and for the facility to be upgraded to a Medical Assessment Unit. He said he had also called on the Minister to restore outpatient anti-natal clinics to the level agreed by the HSE when the maternity unit was closed.
In his statement Deputy Conlan said : “The fact of the matter is that Deputy O’Caolain had tabled an amendment to a motion which was first tabled by the Dail Independent Group, and moved by Joe Higgins TD, criticising the delivery of hospital services across the country during a Private Members’ motion in the Dail chamber on October 26th last.
“However, these amendments were not adopted by the Dail which voted instead to include an amendment by Health Minister James Reilly”.
Deputy Conlan added: “The motion which was actually adopted proposed ways of eliminating waiting times in accident and emergency departments, developing the role of smaller hospitals rather than closing them by transferring services from larger hospitals, and supporting the introduction of universal health care which will remove the two-tier health service”.
“These changes will benefit the people of County Monaghan. Deputy O’Caolain, his Sinn Fein colleagues, and the Independents voted against this motion”.
“The people of County Monaghan can make up their own minds on who is guilty of double standards—the actuality of what was voted upon is entered into the Dail record, and is easily accessible.”
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