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Minister must intervene in Cavan Hospital

5 January, 2005

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that it is now up to the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney to intervene to ensure that recommended changes in the surgical unit at Cavan General Hospital are made as a matter of urgency. Commenting on the latest report on the Hospital from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"It is a scandal that the RCSI has had to make the same recommendation nine months following the report of Mr. Finbar Lennon of last March. Both reports recommend the ring-fencing of beds for surgery at the hospital but this has not happened. We need to see this recommendation implemented and with extra beds provided to cater for medical patients.

"I welcome the RCSI's call for three new permanent consultant surgeons to be appointed and for an end to the Cavan surgical unit's dependence on locums. But these appointments should not be at the expense of surgery at Monaghan General Hospital where there is unquestionably an ample caseload to justify the permanent presence of three consultant surgeons as part of the overall configuration of surgical cover at both hospital sites.

"The North Eastern Health Board has failed to implement the changes needed a Cavan General, compounding the distress of displaced Monaghan patients and the general Cavan population who depend in the main on Cavan General for their emergency and elective surgical needs. It is now time for the Minister for Health and Children to intervene directly to ensure that these recommendations are implemented and the needs of Monaghan General Hospital are confirmed." ENDS

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