Ó Caoláin urges support for Monaghan Hospital rally
Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has urged people to come out in huge numbers for the rally tomorrow (Wednesday) evening in support of Monaghan General Hospital and against the cuts in services now being imposed which will see the facility turned into a five-day-per-week health centre.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said: "The Health Service Executive and the Fianna Fáil/PD Government are driving forward with their plans to downgrade Monaghan General Hospital to a five-day-per-week health centre. They have shamelessly used the report on the death of Pat Joe Walsh published last week to try to justify this disgraceful course of action. Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney chose the very day the report was published to announce that she was stepping down as leader of the PDs, thus helping to eclipse in the national headlines one of the worst health scandals which have occurred during her stewardship.
"I am urging people to come out in massive numbers for the rally called by the Co. Monaghan Hospital Community Alliance in Monaghan town tomorrow evening (Wednesday). Echoing the Sinn Féin motion passed unanimously at Monaghan County Council last week, people are demanding the rejection of cuts in services at our hospital, the reorganisation of health services overall to reflect the pivotal role of local hospitals and the full retention, restoration and development of services at Monaghan General Hospital.
"When Roscommon County Hospital was recently threatened with a similar fate to Monaghan, local Fianna Fáil TD Michael Finneran threatened to resign and Finance Minister Brian Cowen intervened. In the constituency of Cavan/Monaghan the silence of Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members has been deafening in the face of the death-blows now being inflicted on our hospital. Sinn Féin is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of County Monaghan and with other communities whose hospital services are under threat from this Government and the HSE."