THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

Finnegan condemns Monaghan hospital downgrade

Monaghan A&E reduced to level of a "minor cuts & bruises" unit.

Pic: Monaghan General Hospital
Monaghan General Hospital

The Workers Party President Michael Finnegan has condemned the HSE for its decision to close down all acute facilities at Monaghan General Hospital and transfer them to Cavan which is already over capacity.
 
Mr. Finnegan, who is originally from County Cavan, said that the move was a kick in the teeth to the people of Monaghan and the North East in general and warned that the removal of Accident & Emergency and other services from the hospital would put lives at risk.
 
"Cavan General Hospital is already under severe pressure as are all other hospitals in the region.  This is a totally retrograde decision and will put Monaghan in danger of total closure eventually.  The A&E is being downgraded to a cuts & bruises unit and the removal of frontline staff will mean that the hospital will be useless in the event of any major incident in the region.  This will costs lives sooner or later", said Mr. Finnegan.
 
Issued 23rd October 2008

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