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“Further hospital cuts in North East must not go ahead” – Ó Caoláin

28 July, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has stated that further planned cuts to hospital services in the North East region must not go ahead. As the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation at Cavan General Hospital today (Thursday) serves strike notice, news comes of HSE plans to significantly curtail services at Monaghan General Hospital and across the North East region.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Cuts to our public hospital services have resulted in severe over-crowding in Cavan General Hospital with patients spending days on trolleys and chairs in the Emergency Department, in corridors and in other units not suited for this purpose. The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation is justified in serving strike notice today as the only option left to them to try to force the HSE and the Government to address this dangerous situation.

“On the very day this strike notice is served we learn that the HSE is proposing to significantly curtail services at Monaghan General Hospital. I understand that it is proposed to close the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Monaghan at weekends and after 5pm Monday to Friday. The Monaghan MIU will thus go from a seven-day 9am - 9pm service to a Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm service. There is also a question mark over hours for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Monaghan.

“The HSE Dublin/North East is also planning to put a cap on overtime and agency work, leading to further curtailments in services across the region.

“These further cuts in already over-stretched and under-resourced hospital services in the North-East must not go ahead. I am today writing to the Minister for Health & Children James Reilly to demand his direct intervention.” ENDS

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