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Crisis in North East shows shambles of A&E services - Ó Caoláin

6 January, 2006

The crisis in the North East region as highlighted by the Irish Nurses Organisation shows that Accident and Emergency services are now “in a shambles”, according to Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin. He said the ending of A&E services in Monaghan General Hospital and Louth County Hospital, Dundalk, had placed intolerable pressure on both Cavan General Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. He said these cuts must be reversed before more lives are lost.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “It is with dismay we learn from the Irish Nurses Organisation that pressure on A&E services in Cavan and Drogheda is now at an unprecedented level, with 50 patients being treated on trolleys. This is a direct result of the closure of A&E units in Monaghan and Dundalk. Three days ago in-patient surgical services also ended in Monaghan with the loss of 26 beds. All of this has put intolerable pressure on patients and staff in Cavan General Hospital.

“A&E services are in a shambles in this region and across the State. This exposes the falsehood of the so-called improvements in A&E services announced by the Health Service Executive only three days ago.

“How long will this be allowed to continue and with what fatal results in the event of serious accidents and emergencies? The cuts and loss of services in Counties Cavan, Monaghan and Louth must be reversed without delay before further lives are lost.” ENDS

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