VARADKAR URGED TO INCREASE BEDS AT MONAGHAN GENERAL HOSPITAL

22 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A FRESH call has been made this week to Health Minister Leo Varadkar—in advance of next Monday’s meeting of a special task force set up by the minister to consider health issues—to significantly increase the number of step-down and rehabilitative beds at Monaghan General Hospital, as a means of increasing activity at the hospital and addressing the Accident and Emergency ‘trolley crisis’ in the health service, particularly at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and Cavan General Hospital.

Mid-Monaghan based Fianna Fail councillor for the Ballybay/Clones municipal area, Seamus Coyle, revealed details yesterday of an open letter he has sent to the Health Minister, requesting urgent action in relation to Monaghan General Hospital.

Cllr. Coyle said that at a time when our Accident and Emergency Departments were bursting at the seams, with in access of 600 patients on trolleys in the early days of January, the Irish Nurses Organisation, were balloting for strike action in total frustration at the …..

 

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