28 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The issue of reduced services at Monaghan General Hospital got a lengthy pre-local election airing towards the conclusion of last week’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.

The matter was raised under Any Other Business by Independent councillor Seamus Treanor, who in the course of his contribution sought to refute suggestions that the use of hospital services in Northern Ireland could offer an alleviation of the problems faced by people in North Monaghan in accessing hospital care.

Colr Treanor highlighted the much publicised overcrowding at hospital departments in various parts of the North which had occurred at the end of last year, and also referred to overcrowding problems at Cavan Hospital and the fact that 57 patients were recently on trolleys in Drogheda.

He said that Monaghan General Hospital had been taken off-call in 2009 “for political reasons”, and lamented the fact that the facility was being underused at the present time. “We have a good hospital well able to cope with a 24-hour Accident & Emergency Unit,” he stated, describing the reduced level of hospital services as “a crime against the people of Monaghan”.

He thought the Council should write to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly asking him to come down …

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