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Health Care Suffers In recent days the media has given great coverage of the problems brought about by the Support Staff in the HSE going on the 24 hour strike and that the three days next week will cause insurmountable problems for patients and the HSE will have difficulty getting cover for so many aspects of the health care system. The media tells us that many procedures will be cancelled and many appointments postponed and yes, this is going to be a terrible let down for those who will be affected and could have serious consequences for some of them. That is the situation and the media are right to inform us of that though what we can do about it is a bigger question. However I would also ask – is it not just as bad for the 800,000 patients who are waiting for their appointments and the 100,000 who are waiting for their procedures? Surely it is terrible for them too? The media gives little attention to those figures and it is not the support staff who are causing the waiting lists and the delays but the very people who are causing the support works to have to resort to strike-action. When the Childrens Hospital costs spiralled to over €2billion there was going to be no problem about getting the extra money to cover the overspend but now we are beginning to discover where that money is going to come from – services and other essential capital programmes and more and more patients will be made wait and wait and more and more of them will deteriorate and become more difficult to treat and some will pass away without ever getting that appointment. But not to worry – we will still have plenty of money to buy votes and to send our representatives to all corners of the world on St. Patrick’s Day and to fund initiatives where it is vote catching to do so. And when it all goes wrong we will be able to blame Brexit and blame any and everyone except those who really caused it. Health Priorities There are so many priorities in this country that it is the one who shouts loudest that gets a hearing. However no one seems to set the priorities in order of immediate need as opposed to long term desires or aspirations. All are lumped together with the result that little is being achieved to progress any of them. However the one that gets the media attention has a better chance of getting action as votes are on the line and people are swayed by what the media says. One of the issues, which has lost favour with much of the media is our health services or rather our lack of services. There seems to be a lone voice in Leinster House, who seems to have his finger on the pulse and tries to keep the problems in our Health Services top of the agenda, but he is allowed to say his piece and it is then forgotten about because it is ‘old hat’ for media outlets and as far as they are concerned it is ‘played out’ at this stage. The Government knows that it might get a headline for a day but they can direct attention to Brexit, or climate change, or Dublin football and health problems are forgotten. However almost 800,000 people all over this country are distressed, suffering and deteriorating health wise waiting on their appointment. Surely the Government must take them into consideration and do something immediately to rectify the cause. The National Treatment Purchase Scheme is paying to get people off the list, (by the way the NTPS is our money) and it is terrific for those who get seen and have their treatment sooner than if they had to wait on the list. However this money, in most cases, is going to the Private Hospitals, or to hospitals in other jurisdictions and does nothing to improve the services here at home. Were this money invested in more consultants, more beds and more nurses in our public system then it would be of great benefit to our services. They tell us there is no money and the new head of the HSE says he is cutting the health budget but then instead of paying €670million for a Childrens Hospital stuck in the middle of a traffic jammed city, we can find €2billion. What services will suffer in order to redirect the funding to the hospital? The waiting list is one problem but we here in North Monaghan have another which puts all our lives at risk and I cannot understand why the public, our public representatives and employers are not shouting loudly as it means a life or death situation for patients and no one ever knows when he/she or family member will become that patient. It may be too late in shouting then. I refer to the lack of a timely and reliable ambulance service. In recent days it was reported that there was a delay of 42 minutes to get an ambulance to a patient in Monaghan town. Another incident happened in North Monaghan and when 999 was called there was no ambulance closer than Cavan and it would take almost an hour and a half for it to reach the patient. The patient was taken by the family in their private car to a Northern Ireland hospital and received immediate medical care and the patient recovered. These situations are unacceptable and sooner or later will lead to a needless death. The huge waiting lists and long queues in A & Es mean that a patient’s condition gets worse and when they eventually get into the system it takes more time, treatment and money to cure them and will have more lasting effects on the patient, that is if they recover or get into the system in time. The managing of the Childrens Hospital, allowing it to spiral to over €2billion is inexcusable and no one can be held responsible and things have not changed there as the costs are still rising. So where is all this money coming from? Services are being cut, fewer treatments, longer waiting times, no new nurses or doctors, and now we hear that the HSE wants to reduce the Home Help and Home Care packages. They also say they are not going to waste money on hiring as many agency nurses!!!??? – where are they going to get the alternative? Why don’t they just close down the entire health system for a couple of months and take a holiday in the Bahamas. Our recent local elections had people canvassing all over the county and once, and once only, did I hear, or read, any of them refer to the situation re. health services in Monaghan, except for one person. Others may have but it was not an issue for the people or more would have quizzed the canvassers re. health issues and made it a common topic. A General Election will be held soon and we must, for the sake of our families and future generations, make health the Big Issue and force the Government to act rather than soothe us with lovely words. This issue is just as important for future generations as Climate Change and a green environment and like in Health – no matter how much they charge us in carbon tax etc. nothing will change. If they are so concerned about a Green Ireland why are they building all the hospitals in Dublin City Centre and funding developments in Dublin that causes the people of rural Ireland to add to the pollution by having to drive to Dublin to get services and visit our patients? Health seems to be a bottomless pit. We need to change all that. You have a voice and a vote which can change it. Will you?
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Health Care Suffers In recent days the media has given great coverage of the problems brought about by the Support Staff in the HSE going on the 24 hour strike and that the three days next week will cause insurmountable problems for patients and the HSE will have difficulty getting cover for so many aspects of the health care system. The media tells us that many procedures will be cancelled and many appointments postponed and yes, this is going to be a terrible let down for those who will be affected and could have serious consequences for some of them. That is the situation and the media are right to inform us of that though what we can do about it is a bigger question. However I would also ask – is it not just as bad for the 800,000 patients who are waiting for their appointments and the 100,000 who are waiting for their procedures? Surely it is terrible for them too? The media gives little attention to those figures and it is not the support staff who are causing the waiting lists and the delays but the very people who are causing the support works to have to resort to strike-action. When the Childrens Hospital costs spiralled to over €2billion there was going to be no problem about getting the extra money to cover the overspend but now we are beginning to discover where that money is going to come from – services and other essential capital programmes and more and more patients will be made wait and wait and more and more of them will deteriorate and become more difficult to treat and some will pass away without ever getting that appointment. But not to worry – we will still have plenty of money to buy votes and to send our representatives to all corners of the world on St. Patrick’s Day and to fund initiatives where it is vote catching to do so. And when it all goes wrong we will be able to blame Brexit and blame any and everyone except those who really caused it. Health Priorities There are so many priorities in this country that it is the one who shouts loudest that gets a hearing. However no one seems to set the priorities in order of immediate need as opposed to long term desires or aspirations. All are lumped together with the result that little is being achieved to progress any of them. However the one that gets the media attention has a better chance of getting action as votes are on the line and people are swayed by what the media says. One of the issues, which has lost favour with much of the media is our health services or rather our lack of services. There seems to be a lone voice in Leinster House, who seems to have his finger on the pulse and tries to keep the problems in our Health Services top of the agenda, but he is allowed to say his piece and it is then forgotten about because it is ‘old hat’ for media outlets and as far as they are concerned it is ‘played out’ at this stage. The Government knows that it might get a headline for a day but they can direct attention to Brexit, or climate change, or Dublin football and health problems are forgotten. However almost 800,000 people all over this country are distressed, suffering and deteriorating health wise waiting on their appointment. Surely the Government must take them into consideration and do something immediately to rectify the cause. The National Treatment Purchase Scheme is paying to get people off the list, (by the way the NTPS is our money) and it is terrific for those who get seen and have their treatment sooner than if they had to wait on the list. However this money, in most cases, is going to the Private Hospitals, or to hospitals in other jurisdictions and does nothing to improve the services here at home. Were this money invested in more consultants, more beds and more nurses in our public system then it would be of great benefit to our services. They tell us there is no money and the new head of the HSE says he is cutting the health budget but then instead of paying €670million for a Childrens Hospital stuck in the middle of a traffic jammed city, we can find €2billion. What services will suffer in order to redirect the funding to the hospital? The waiting list is one problem but we here in North Monaghan have another which puts all our lives at risk and I cannot understand why the public, our public representatives and employers are not shouting loudly as it means a life or death situation for patients and no one ever knows when he/she or family member will become that patient. It may be too late in shouting then. I refer to the lack of a timely and reliable ambulance service. In recent days it was reported that there was a delay of 42 minutes to get an ambulance to a patient in Monaghan town. Another incident happened in North Monaghan and when 999 was called there was no ambulance closer than Cavan and it would take almost an hour and a half for it to reach the patient. The patient was taken by the family in their private car to a Northern Ireland hospital and received immediate medical care and the patient recovered. These situations are unacceptable and sooner or later will lead to a needless death. The huge waiting lists and long queues in A & Es mean that a patient’s condition gets worse and when they eventually get into the system it takes more time, treatment and money to cure them and will have more lasting effects on the patient, that is if they recover or get into the system in time. The managing of the Childrens Hospital, allowing it to spiral to over €2billion is inexcusable and no one can be held responsible and things have not changed there as the costs are still rising. So where is all this money coming from? Services are being cut, fewer treatments, longer waiting times, no new nurses or doctors, and now we hear that the HSE wants to reduce the Home Help and Home Care packages. They also say they are not going to waste money on hiring as many agency nurses!!!??? – where are they going to get the alternative? Why don’t they just close down the entire health system for a couple of months and take a holiday in the Bahamas. Our recent local elections had people canvassing all over the county and once, and once only, did I hear, or read, any of them refer to the situation re. health services in Monaghan, except for one person. Others may have but it was not an issue for the people or more would have quizzed the canvassers re. health issues and made it a common topic. A General Election will be held soon and we must, for the sake of our families and future generations, make health the Big Issue and force the Government to act rather than soothe us with lovely words. This issue is just as important for future generations as Climate Change and a green environment and like in Health – no matter how much they charge us in carbon tax etc. nothing will change. If they are so concerned about a Green Ireland why are they building all the hospitals in Dublin City Centre and funding developments in Dublin that causes the people of rural Ireland to add to the pollution by having to drive to Dublin to get services and visit our patients? Health seems to be a bottomless pit. We need to change all that. You have a voice and a vote which can change it. Will you?