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Cavan General Hospital crises grow - Ó Caoláin

17 November, 2008 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described as "atrocious for patients and staff" the situation at Cavan General Hospital where a record 45 patients were today (Monday) waiting on trolleys and chairs for a bed in the hospital.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"A record 45 sick patients were today on trolleys in A&E and in other inappropriate settings in Cavan General Hospital. This is the atrocious situation visited on patients and staff at Cavan as a result of the gross mismanagement of hospital services in the North East region by the HSE and the Government.

"Also today I was contacted by the family of a patient who had to be brought by ambulance from Monaghan General Hospital to Cavan General Hospital. The main road from Monaghan to Cavan is closed for repairs - and will be for weeks - so the ambulance had to travel to Clones and then to Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh and via Wattle Bridge to Cavan town, a dangerous winding road unsuitable for already ill patients.

"This is the grim reality now experienced by hospital patients in Counties Cavan and Monaghan even before the planned closure of all acute inpatient services at Monaghan General Hospital early in the New Year. Already under severe pressure due to totally inadequate bed numbers, Cavan General Hospital will be called upon to meet the demand for inpatient beds created by Monaghan's closure - and without a single extra inpatient bed to be provided in Cavan.

"Cavan General Hospital is facing ever growing crises. Patients from Monaghan who must travel to Cavan face long ambulance journeys along sub-standard roads. It is long past time that Government Deputies and Senators called halt to this scandalous situation and insisted on acute medical services remaining at Monaghan General Hospital as a first response to the growing crises in the health services here in Cavan/Monaghan." ENDS

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