"Second birth in seven days highlights need for reopening of Maternity Unit at Monaghan" - Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the birth of a baby en route to Cavan General Hospital from a doctor's surgery in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan today, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:
"This is the second such birth in a week which shows the dire need for the Maternity Unit at Monaghan to be reopened as a matter of urgency. Last week a woman gave birth in Monaghan Hospital itself, even though the site has neither a maternity unit nor an A&E unit. Now another child has been born in an ambulance along the roadside. People in County Monaghan are outraged at what expectant mothers are being forced to endure.
"The promised report on Monaghan Hospital by Mr. Kevin Bonner must be published without further delay. There is a widespread perception now that this report is being delayed by the Department of Health and Children as they endeavour to whittle down the recommendations as initially drafted by Mr. Bonner.
"People campaigning for the restoration of the Maternity Unit at Monaghan have been dismissed repeatedly by the Minister for Health, his Department, the professional bodies and the Health Board Executive when they have raised the prospect of more roadside births and the grave danger to expectant mothers and new-born children. What does it take for them to recognise the reality staring them in the face?"ENDS