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HSE A&E bulletin is 'a sick charade' - Ó Caoláin

28 September, 2006


Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described as a 'sick charade' the Health Service Executive's new Daily A&E Bulletin. The Bulletin claims that no-one was waiting in A&E in Monaghan General Hospital. "That is some achievement," stated Deputy Ó Caoláin, "since there is now no A&E department in Monaghan General Hospital."

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said: "The new Health Service Executive A&E bulletin can only be described as a sick charade. The HSE states that it records how long and how many patients have been waiting for admission to a hospital ward from the time they have been referred by the A&E team for admission. Yet in the bulletin for Tuesday 26 September the HSE lists Monaghan General Hospital as one of the hospitals having no-one in A&E waiting for admission to a ward. That is some achievement since there is now no A&E Department in Monaghan General Hospital.

"Clearly the HSE's new bulletin is designed to counteract the Irish Nurses Organisation's Trolleywatch which has been informing the public of the real crisis in our A&E departments for years. The listing of Monaghan General Hospital among hospitals with A&E departments exposes the HSE bulletin as an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes."

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