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Healthy Matters It has been a real eye-opener to see how efficiently and quickly the Minister for Health and our Government organised the introduction of abortion in Ireland. 12 years ago the people languishing on trolleys was termed ‘a national emergency ‘, ‘a national crisis’. Year after year we have been told there is a plan to solve it and year after year they use the same plan which never works – cut services elsewhere to make beds available for those lying on trolleys. Top doctors tell us that at least 300 patients are dying each year as a result of overcrowding and delays in Emergency Departments. There are more deaths among our population because of delays in a getting diagnosis and the follow-up treatment needed,  what with nearly 1 million (1,000,000) men, women and children on the waiting lists. We now ask the Minister and the Government to use the same efficiency and speed to change things in order to save those lives. During his push to get abortions available by January 1st the Minister stated that ’women have a right to healthcare’. If that is so, and I agree with it, then so too have men and so too have children and so too have babies. What is he doing about that? The answer is that he and the Government do what has been done every year for the past 12 years - shift the crisis from one place to another in order to get the media off the case and then, when the media picks up on the crisis elsewhere, they employ the same tactic – We have a plan and they move the resources from another area of the health system and so cause the crisis to move around the system but it is never solved. The Minister wanted to make the health services immediately available to those women, who desperately need urgent help.  Those who are among the almost 1,000,000 men, women, children and babies waiting on an appointment, waiting on a diagnosis and/or waiting on treatment are desperately in need of health services but little is being done to ease their pain/anguish/anxiety/ suffering/fear/misery/ distress/torment/agony, any or all of these, other than extending the time they will have to wait, thus allowing their condition to deteriorate, which will require more costly treatment and for some it will then be too late. The Health Services run over budget every year and extra money has to be injected and yet no matter how much extra goes in less seems to come out in the form of services. At the moment I am hearing that many Voluntary organisations, who are providing services for the sick/disabled/old/mentally challenged and giving assistance during Cancer treatment and other needs, that the HSE funding has been reduced or withdrawn, making these organisations go out raising funds or cut their services or even close down completely. Over the decades our health services have been propped up and supported by voluntary effort and charitable donations. People are paying through the nose for their health services in taxes; in fundraising at the door or collectors on the street;  in paying doctors for consultations/treatments; in paying for health insurance; in paying health levies; in paying the added expenses of getting to and from the services, which have been relocated far from our homes and yet almost 1,000,000 people are waiting. More and more this country is dependent on voluntary effort. Now possibly the biggest scandal of all – the cost of the new Childrens Hospital has gone from €440 million to €1.4 Billion and it is not even half way. What will the final cost be? We needed a Tertiary Hospital for treating our children but why the explosion of costs. Money will have to be redirected from other services to pay this massive bill and the waiting lists will get longer, they will not be able to afford more nurses and doctors, they will not be able to afford more ambulances and ambulance personnel, they will have to cut more funding from the voluntary organisations, who are doing what the health services should be doing and it will only be those who shout loudest or have the inside track that will get what they want and the TDs will still get the extra €5,000 tax free. There is a rising tide of discontent around the world and it is rising up here in Ireland too. The Government needs to keep the lid on it by concentrating on the priority issues like waiting lists and lack of services. We need to challenge the Government to treat all equally including improving the health services and access to those health services for the people of North Monaghan. Our elected representatives must take the responsibility for doing that – isn’t that what we elect them for? They could also look at the structures for health provision and ask – do we really need a HSE plus a Department of Health plus a Ministry for Health to run our services or is it so top heavy that our Public Representatives are powerless? It’s time to get up and running before the bugle calls. 
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Healthy Matters It has been a real eye-opener to see how efficiently and quickly the Minister for Health and our Government organised the introduction of abortion in Ireland. 12 years ago the people languishing on trolleys was termed ‘a national emergency ‘, ‘a national crisis’. Year after year we have been told there is a plan to solve it and year after year they use the same plan which never works – cut services elsewhere to make beds available for those lying on trolleys. Top doctors tell us that at least 300 patients are dying each year as a result of overcrowding and delays in Emergency Departments. There are more deaths among our population because of delays in a getting diagnosis and the follow-up treatment needed,  what with nearly 1 million (1,000,000) men, women and children on the waiting lists. We now ask the Minister and the Government to use the same efficiency and speed to change things in order to save those lives. During his push to get abortions available by January 1st the Minister stated that ’women have a right to healthcare’. If that is so, and I agree with it, then so too have men and so too have children and so too have babies. What is he doing about that? The answer is that he and the Government do what has been done every year for the past 12 years - shift the crisis from one place to another in order to get the media off the case and then, when the media picks up on the crisis elsewhere, they employ the same tactic – We have a plan and they move the resources from another area of the health system and so cause the crisis to move around the system but it is never solved. The Minister wanted to make the health services immediately available to those women, who desperately need urgent help.  Those who are among the almost 1,000,000 men, women, children and babies waiting on an appointment, waiting on a diagnosis and/or waiting on treatment are desperately in need of health services but little is being done to ease their pain/anguish/anxiety/ suffering/fear/misery/ distress/torment/agony, any or all of these, other than extending the time they will have to wait, thus allowing their condition to deteriorate, which will require more costly treatment and for some it will then be too late. The Health Services run over budget every year and extra money has to be injected and yet no matter how much extra goes in less seems to come out in the form of services. At the moment I am hearing that many Voluntary organisations, who are providing services for the sick/disabled/old/mentally challenged and giving assistance during Cancer treatment and other needs, that the HSE funding has been reduced or withdrawn, making these organisations go out raising funds or cut their services or even close down completely. Over the decades our health services have been propped up and supported by voluntary effort and charitable donations. People are paying through the nose for their health services in taxes; in fundraising at the door or collectors on the street;  in paying doctors for consultations/treatments; in paying for health insurance; in paying health levies; in paying the added expenses of getting to and from the services, which have been relocated far from our homes and yet almost 1,000,000 people are waiting. More and more this country is dependent on voluntary effort. Now possibly the biggest scandal of all – the cost of the new Childrens Hospital has gone from €440 million to €1.4 Billion and it is not even half way. What will the final cost be? We needed a Tertiary Hospital for treating our children but why the explosion of costs. Money will have to be redirected from other services to pay this massive bill and the waiting lists will get longer, they will not be able to afford more nurses and doctors, they will not be able to afford more ambulances and ambulance personnel, they will have to cut more funding from the voluntary organisations, who are doing what the health services should be doing and it will only be those who shout loudest or have the inside track that will get what they want and the TDs will still get the extra €5,000 tax free. There is a rising tide of discontent around the world and it is rising up here in Ireland too. The Government needs to keep the lid on it by concentrating on the priority issues like waiting lists and lack of services. We need to challenge the Government to treat all equally including improving the health services and access to those health services for the people of North Monaghan. Our elected representatives must take the responsibility for doing that – isn’t that what we elect them for? They could also look at the structures for health provision and ask – do we really need a HSE plus a Department of Health plus a Ministry for Health to run our services or is it so top heavy that our Public Representatives are powerless? It’s time to get up and running before the bugle calls. 
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