HEALTH MINISTER ASKED TO REVERSE HOSPITAL KITCHENS CLOSURE

11 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The members of Monaghan Co Council on Tuesday gave their full backing to calls on Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to intervene to reverse the decision to close the kitchen facilities at Monaghan General Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney.
Correspondence on the issue from Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan Sean Conlan stated that his enquiries had ascertained that the decision to amalgamate the kitchen services at the two hospitals with St Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan Town was “a local initiative” taken by staff and area management, and the Minister had assured him that it was not part of Government policy.
A Fianna Fáil notice of urgent business adopted by the Council requested the immediate reversal by the HSE of the “ludicrous decision” to close kitchen services at Monaghan General Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital and sought an immediate meeting with the Minister for Health to discuss the ongoing reduction of services at Monaghan General Hospital.
Moving the motion, Robbie Gallagher said this decision was very depressing at a time when they were led to believe serious efforts were being made to add on services to Monaghan Hospital. The decision flew in the face of previous promises made by Minister for Health Dr Reilly.
It defied logic that the Minister purported to be serious about developing the campus at Monaghan General Hospital while at the same time he was pulling the chair from in under the facility.
Colr Gallagher pointed out that a huge investment had been made in developing the Monaghan hospital’s kitchen facilities not so long ago, and it was a most modern facility. When they thought of the transport costs entailed in conveying food …

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