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New Treatment Room at Monaghan General now two years unopened

23 August, 2006

A new Treatment Room in Monaghan General Hospital has been in place and fully equipped for two years, but remains closed due to a staff recruitment embargo. Sinn Féin Dáil Leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD today described the situation as 'scandalous in the extreme'. Accompanied by local councillors, Deputy Ó Caoláin visited the facility last Thursday at the request of the Irish Nurses Organisation. Following this, he met yesterday with the HSE North East's Acute Hospital Services Network Manager Mr. Chris Lyons.

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said: "My meeting with Mr Lyons was a frank one, with a detailed analysis of the reason the brand new six-bay Treatment Room remains closed. The current staff recruitment embargo imposed by the HSE means the facility is devoid of adequate nursing staff to operate. Three Staff Nurses and three Clinical Nurse Managers are required to ensure its safe and efficient operation.

"I welcome the fact that after I confronted him on the matter, Mr Lyons repudiated a rumour that had been gaining currency in Monaghan, which suggested he was less than enthusiastic regarding the Treatment Room. Over the two hours we discussed the issue I repeatedly stressed the need for this matter to be given the utmost priority by the HSE, whose neglect of the people of Monaghan is only exacerbated by the delays in getting the Treatment Room up and running.

"It is essential that every means possible is used to tackle a situation that is scandalous in the extreme. I will be pursuing this further with Chief Executive Officer of the Health Service Executive, Prof. Brendan Drumm and the Director of the National Hospitals Office, Mr. John O'Brien. I believe there is a special onus on Fianna Fáil elected representatives to get involved in this, and be seen to be involved. They have a unique influence over this Government's and Minister's stance in relation to our hospital and its services and it is high time they used it."


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