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Case of Monaghan patient shows glaring failures in health care delivery - Ó Caolain

14 October, 2004

Commenting on the case of the woman in her 60s who was a patient in Monaghan General Hospital and for whom an intensive care bed was sought unsuccessfully in Cavan and in at least two Dublin hospitals before one was found in Enniskillen, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan Monaghan TD Caiomhghín Ó Caoláin said it shows "glaring failures in health care delivery in this state. He said it also showed the need for "closer integration and co-operation of hospital services on an all Ireland basis."

He stated:

"The downgrading of Monaghan Hospital and overstretched resources in Cavan Hospital meant that no appropriate beds were available in either of them to care for this women. Such is the mismanagement of the hospital services by this government that no beds were available in Dublin hospitals either.

"That Enniskillen Hospital which is in a neighbouring county was the last port of call starkly exposes the need for much closer co-operation and integration of hospital services on an all Ireland basis.

"The scandal is not that this woman had to cross the border but that both the Irish and British Governments continue to allow the border to be a barrier to more effective hospital care."ENDS

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