CONLON URGES MINISTER TO END THREATS TO MONAGHAN HOSPITAL

1 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THE Heath Minister Dr. James Reilly has been urged by local Fine Gael TD, Deputy Sean Conlan to ‘take whatever steps are necessary’ to prevent any further threat to Monaghan General Hospital and also to St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney.
Deputy Conlan said yesterday that any proposed cuts should not be at the expense of front-line healthcare services provided by Monaghan Hospital or at St Mary’s Hospital in Blayney.He called on Minister Reilly to investigate if there is “any substance” to recent reports that the HSE intends to downscale the day-care facility in St Mary’s Hospital.
The Ballybay-based TD said: “I have urged Minister Reilly to prevent this from happening, and to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent a cut in this absolutely essential front line service in my constituency.”
Deputy Conlan added: “I have also asked Minister Reilly to express my disquiet directly to cabinet at any suggestion that funding for his Department could be cut by Minister Howlin, in order to protect the funding enjoyed by other ministries”.
The Fine Gael deputy stressed that healthcare reform, and the protection of front-line services were fundamental principles of Fine Gael’s election manifesto”.
He added : “These should not be sacrificed to protect the Croke Park agreement.”

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