1 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The HSE announced on Monday that it is to carry out a feasibility study into the possibility of locating a Primary Care Centre at Monaghan General Hospital “either within or proximal to the existing hospital site.”
The information was contained in a response to a notice of motion tabled at Monday’s meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum in Kells by Monaghan Co Council representatives Robbie Gallagher, David Maxwell and Brian McKenna.
The motion asked the HSE North East to investigate the Monaghan General Hospital location as a matter of urgency as a possible site for a Primary Care Centre for Monaghan Town.
Speaking to the Northern Standard yesterday, Fianna Fáil councillor Robbie Gallagher said he was encouraged by the response received at Monday’s meeting and hoped that it would lead to a positive outcome.
He emphasised that any Primary Care Centre development would have to be additional to the services already located at the hospital, and would not mean the removal from the hospital of any of the busy clinics or other services at present retained there.
“We have been looking for a long time for a proper location for a Doctor on Call service for Monaghan Town and I believe that getting such a facility up and running at the hospital site would be a very welcome outcome,” Colr Gallagher stated.
The written response to the Monaghan members’ motion on the issue dealt with at Monday’s Regional Health Forum meeting, which was from the HSE’s Area Manager for Cavan and Monaghan, Leo Kinsella, read as follows:
“The HSE can confirm that they were in negotiations over a protracted period of time with a preferred provider in order to put in place a Primary Care Centre for Monaghan Town and the North Monaghan area through the Public Private Partnership process. Unfortunately this provider was ultimately unable to meet the terms of the PPP process insofar …

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