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Ó Caoláin - Suspension of Cavan consultants - inquiry process welcome

18 August, 2003

Commenting on the suspension of two consultants at Cavan General Hospital, Cavan/Monaghan TD and Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

"I welcome the news that the consultants have been suspended and that an inquiry process has been initiated. This has been a long-running dispute at Cavan General Hospital and a real cause of concern to staff and patients alike. It has added to the pressure on the hospital during the past year after the Accident and Emergency unit at Monaghan was taken off call. This placed an added burden on Cavan, as did the closure of the maternity unit at Monaghan.

"The Health Board executive must now ensure that the suspensions cause minimum disruption to patient services, as they promise in their statement.

"The Committee of Inquiry into this matter to be established by the Minister for Health and Children should also examine the role of the Health Board executive to ensure that they acted appropriately and with due speed." ENDS

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