CALL TO HEALTH MINISTER FOR URGENT MEETING

4 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THE Mayor of Co. Monaghan, Cllr. Seamus Coyle has made an urgent request this week to Health Minister James Reilly seeking his intervention to resolve a storm which has blown up over a decision by the HSE in the North East to remove kitchen facilities from hospitals in the region.
It emerged last week the HSE has announced plans to close kitchens at St. Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney and Monaghan General Hospital, leading to staff redundancies.
Mayor Coyle said yesterday: “I have personally requested Minister Reilly to meet a delegation from the region in an effort to defuse the situation”.
He said he is also seeking the Health Minister’s support in having services at a minor injuries unit at Monaghan General Hospital extended.
Mayor Coyle said he is anxious for the immediate meeting with the Minister for Health Dr. Reilly T.D. and a delegation from Monaghan County Council.
He said his urgent request follows confirmation by the HSE that kitchen services were closing at Monaghan General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney in what Mayor Coyle described as “the removal of an integral infrastructural component of Monaghan General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney which is a cause of great worry and concern for the future of services at both these facilities.
Mayor Coyle confirmed to THE NORTHERN STANDARD he had personally written to Dr. Reilly T.D. urging him to …

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