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Downgrading Continues As you can read in this week’s Northern Standard, thanks to Cllr. Brian McKenna, the downgrading of Monaghan General Hospital continues with the removal of the Orthopaedic Outpatients Clinic from Monaghan to Cavan. So instead of the promises from Simon and Leo that more services could be returned to Monaghan, we suffer further downgrading. So much for their ‘positive news’ for the people of Monaghan. This may seem a small loss until one considers the alternative for patients from Monaghan County, who require this services, as many do. Patients will now have to travel over the poor road structure to Cavan, which adds an extra two hours for travelling plus the dangers attached to travelling on that roadway. They will join longer queues there and will require extra time for that. Since many of the orthopaedic problems restrict the driving ability of the patient it means that a second person will have to sacrifice the same extra time and extra danger. The extra numbers in the waiting room also increases the chances of infection spread and added problems. The people of Ireland seem to have accepted that the €2billion spend on the Childrens Hospital will be worth it and we are now being forced to accept that the €3billion cost of Broadband is well worth it too. We should be rejecting both of these as unacceptable as the extra money required for these projects will mean cutting other essential projects and extending the waiting lists for appointments and treatments. It will also mean that no extra health services can be offered to the people of this country for the next 5 years at least and vital drugs and treatments will not be available. It is using the same old patch for our health services – move the problem from one place to another. Re. the cost of the Broadband – the company who will own the rights of the Broadband will be able to charge what they like for the service and the householder will have to pay it or do without broadband, even though through their taxes they will have already paid the €3billion. All that said, all these extra spends lessens the possibility of any extra health services returning to Monaghan General Hospital. We continue to point out – their plan for centralisation of all acute services has not worked. More and more needless deaths are happening now due to overcrowding and delays. Nurses and doctors are very unhappy and mistakes, which were supposed to end when services were taken out of smaller hospitals, are still happening as witnessed by the massive payouts of the past few years. Reading the Northern Standard and looking for candidates, both local and for Europe, who are going to champion the needs of Monaghan patients, if elected, is disappointing. There are so many other issues that are so important, Health seems to be the poor relation, the hot poker that no one wants to touch. However the electorate could make Health in Monaghan and services in Monaghan General Hospital THE ISSUE but then, are there enough people out there who care? Unfortunately they may care when it is too late and they need a service which was taken away.
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Downgrading Continues As you can read in this week’s Northern Standard, thanks to Cllr. Brian McKenna, the downgrading of Monaghan General Hospital continues with the removal of the Orthopaedic Outpatients Clinic from Monaghan to Cavan. So instead of the promises from Simon and Leo that more services could be returned to Monaghan, we suffer further downgrading. So much for their ‘positive news’ for the people of Monaghan. This may seem a small loss until one considers the alternative for patients from Monaghan County, who require this services, as many do. Patients will now have to travel over the poor road structure to Cavan, which adds an extra two hours for travelling plus the dangers attached to travelling on that roadway. They will join longer queues there and will require extra time for that. Since many of the orthopaedic problems restrict the driving ability of the patient it means that a second person will have to sacrifice the same extra time and extra danger. The extra numbers in the waiting room also increases the chances of infection spread and added problems. The people of Ireland seem to have accepted that the €2billion spend on the Childrens Hospital will be worth it and we are now being forced to accept that the €3billion cost of Broadband is well worth it too. We should be rejecting both of these as unacceptable as the extra money required for these projects will mean cutting other essential projects and extending the waiting lists for appointments and treatments. It will also mean that no extra health services can be offered to the people of this country for the next 5 years at least and vital drugs and treatments will not be available. It is using the same old patch for our health services – move the problem from one place to another. Re. the cost of the Broadband – the company who will own the rights of the Broadband will be able to charge what they like for the service and the householder will have to pay it or do without broadband, even though through their taxes they will have already paid the €3billion. All that said, all these extra spends lessens the possibility of any extra health services returning to Monaghan General Hospital. We continue to point out – their plan for centralisation of all acute services has not worked. More and more needless deaths are happening now due to overcrowding and delays. Nurses and doctors are very unhappy and mistakes, which were supposed to end when services were taken out of smaller hospitals, are still happening as witnessed by the massive payouts of the past few years. Reading the Northern Standard and looking for candidates, both local and for Europe, who are going to champion the needs of Monaghan patients, if elected, is disappointing. There are so many other issues that are so important, Health seems to be the poor relation, the hot poker that no one wants to touch. However the electorate could make Health in Monaghan and services in Monaghan General Hospital THE ISSUE but then, are there enough people out there who care? Unfortunately they may care when it is too late and they need a service which was taken away.
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