SHARP EXCHANGES AS MAXWELL CHALLENGES SF OVER NORTH HEALTH CUT

18 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The potency of the Monaghan General Hospital issue as a generator of pungent political debate was demonstrated once again in the meeting chamber of Monaghan Town Council on Tuesday night.
A discussion on the proposals to close the kitchen in the facility which arose at the conclusion of the meeting evolved into a lengthy and at times quite heated discussion when the Fine Gael Cathaoirleach of the authority, David Maxwell, reacted to Sinn Féin suggestions that he and his colleagues consider resignation over the Monaghan Hospital issue with a strong – and evidently pre-prepared – attack on SF’s association as part of the governing Assembly in Northern Ireland with a series of closures and cutbacks in the health services there.
The subject of the hospital was broached under “Any Other Business” by SF councillor Donal Sherry, who referred to the recent controversy over proposals to close the kitchen facilities at Monaghan General Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney and provide food for both institutions from the kitchen of St Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan Town.
Colr Sherry proposed that the Council write to the relevant authorities in order to put an end to “the myth of where the fault lies” for this decision, which he described as “another knife in our health services”. He thought the proposal was part of a strategy to demoralise local …

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