25 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD, Brendan Smith has this week accused the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly of refusing a request for the restoration of full hours at the Minor Injuries Unit in Monaghan Hospital.
The Minister, in a reply to questions raised by the Deputy Smith, has stated that a review into whether a Medical Assessment Unit at Monaghan would be justified and cost effective is still ongoing.
Deputy Smith had tabled parliamentary questions to Minister Reilly regarding what the Cavan-based TD called the need to restore full hours to the Minor Injuries Unit and also the need to establish a Medical Assessment Unit at Monaghan General Hospital.
In his reply, the Minister stated that the change in the opening times of the Monaghan Minor Injuries Unit was the direct result of the recent budgetary and financial position facing the health system. He added that the HSE has reviewed other possible options to save money or increase revenue, but has concluded that they would not generate sufficient savings in the short-term.
The Minister said that, following a detailed analysis of this issue, the HSE has estimated that total annual savings of almost €400,000 would be generated with this alteration of opening hours.
The Minister in his replies to Deputy Smith stated: “I am committed to ensuring that acute hospital services at national, regional and local level are provided in a clinically appropriate and efficient manner. In particular, I want to ensure that as many services as possible can be provided safely in smaller hospitals.
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