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‘Healthcare is our RIGHT’. Our health services are in a complete mess even though the Government tells us that things are improving. Lists are growing and the trolley figures are swelling and extra money is being ploughed into services but we see no change. We are given promises and promises but nothing changes – the crisis just keeps changing from one aspect of the Health service to another and more and more people are dying because of delays and overcrowding. It is worth noting that the huge problems with overcrowding and trolleys are in the ‘Centres of Excellence’ – the hospitals into which they shoved the patients from hospitals like Monaghan. So many of the patients being treated in these ‘Centres of Excellence’ could be given the same and perhaps better treatment in hospitals like Monaghan and reserve the beds in the ‘Centres of Excellence’ for those who need that high- tech and specialist treatment. They were so anxious to get Monaghan et al closed that they did not take time to make sure that the ‘Centres of Excellence’ had the resources to deal with the extra workload and now we see the extra suffering and needless deaths as a result. They were listening to the wrong voices as Monaghan Community Alliance and the national Health Services Action Group warned them of the outcomes, if they proceeded with their flawed plans. When it appeared that we might be right they set up the Health Services Executive (HSE) so that they would have someone to blame when things went wrong and things certainly went wrong.  So then we had three huge behemoth organisations to run our health services, namely HSE, the Department of Health and a Ministry of Health and they still cannot get it right. Surely it is a waste of precious money to maintain three bodies to run the same health services and yet none of them take responsibility when things go wrong. When we were fighting for the retention of services in Monaghan we were told that healthcare was not a right for the people of Ireland. Now we have Simon Harris stating that ‘women have a right to healthcare’. Is it only women or have males and children a right to healthcare? If they have our Governments have been doing little to provide us with our rights and it is time we really demanded that the Government fulfils its duty to all the citizens of this country. Minister after Minister has promised that the problems are under control and that there is a plan to solve the crisis and more money will be made available. Money is badly needed to pay for drugs that can save life, for operations that can make life bearable for children, for more doctors and nurses, for more ambulances and ambulance personnel, for more GPs, for cheaper car parking at hospitals and the list goes on and on but nothing changes for the better. In the face of a massive threat to our services after Christmas they have once again announced that they have a ‘PLAN’ to make sure that the problems of last spring are not repeated. What is the plan? It is similar to the plan that has been promised and used every year for the past two decades almost and it has not worked before and won’t work this time either. The main aspect of the plan is that they will cancel appointments and treatments of what they call ‘non-urgent’ or ‘elective surgeries and appointments’ so that all emergencies can be dealt with in a timely fashion and that beds will be available to prevent huge trolley figures. This will extend the waiting lists still further, it will mean continued suffering for those in pain awaiting treatment, it will mean delayed diagnosis for some, which could and likely will be fatal for some, it will mean further work related stress for doctors and nurses and drive more of our frontline staff out of the country, it will mean that money needed to resource other services will be redirected to the emergencies, in a word – it will mean a further deterioration of our Health Service. Oh yes - and they will pay good money to the Private system and to health services in other countries to do work for the public patients of Ireland.  Have we no one in Government who can see what needs to be done to solve this problem or why do they not want to listen. In today’s Irish Times a GP, Sinead Fahy, now working in Australia, tells us and the Government what to do to attract Irish doctors and Nurses back to work here in Ireland. It is very simple and a solution that I have been urging the Government to act on but to no avail. Will they listen to Sinead, who is one of those we want back here and one who knows the thinking of most of the other 300 Irish doctors in Australia. The Monaghan Alliance, though it did not succeed in the campaign to retain all the services in Monaghan, did help to make sure some services stayed. However Vicky Phelan, who made public the terrible situation re. CervicalCheck debacle, and has succeeded in getting a number of vital changes to our health services, has told that the only way to get changes is to keep the politicians on side. That is where the Monaghan Alliance went wrong – we confronted the politicians and pointed the finger at them and tried to hold them responsible, tried to lay the blame at their door, tried to get them to do what we wanted, tried to change their mind-set, tried to get something for Monaghan when everything was going to counties which had stronger representation in Government. Now we know what we should have done but then - we were only looking for our rights which they were and are still denying us.
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‘Healthcare is our RIGHT’. Our health services are in a complete mess even though the Government tells us that things are improving. Lists are growing and the trolley figures are swelling and extra money is being ploughed into services but we see no change. We are given promises and promises but nothing changes – the crisis just keeps changing from one aspect of the Health service to another and more and more people are dying because of delays and overcrowding. It is worth noting that the huge problems with overcrowding and trolleys are in the ‘Centres of Excellence’ – the hospitals into which they shoved the patients from hospitals like Monaghan. So many of the patients being treated in these ‘Centres of Excellence’ could be given the same and perhaps better treatment in hospitals like Monaghan and reserve the beds in the ‘Centres of Excellence’ for those who need that high-tech and specialist treatment. They were so anxious to get Monaghan et al closed that they did not take time to make sure that the ‘Centres of Excellence’ had the resources to deal with the extra workload and now we see the extra suffering and needless deaths as a result. They were listening to the wrong voices as Monaghan Community Alliance and the national Health Services Action Group warned them of the outcomes, if they proceeded with their flawed plans. When it appeared that we might be right they set up the Health Services Executive (HSE) so that they would have someone to blame when things went wrong and things certainly went wrong.  So then we had three huge behemoth organisations to run our health services, namely HSE, the Department of Health and a Ministry of Health and they still cannot get it right. Surely it is a waste of precious money to maintain three bodies to run the same health services and yet none of them take responsibility when things go wrong. When we were fighting for the retention of services in Monaghan we were told that healthcare was not a right for the people of Ireland. Now we have Simon Harris stating that ‘women have a right to healthcare’. Is it only women or have males and children a right to healthcare? If they have our Governments have been doing little to provide us with our rights and it is time we really demanded that the Government fulfils its duty to all the citizens of this country. Minister after Minister has promised that the problems are under control and that there is a plan to solve the crisis and more money will be made available. Money is badly needed to pay for drugs that can save life, for operations that can make life bearable for children, for more doctors and nurses, for more ambulances and ambulance personnel, for more GPs, for cheaper car parking at hospitals and the list goes on and on but nothing changes for the better. In the face of a massive threat to our services after Christmas they have once again announced that they have a ‘PLAN’ to make sure that the problems of last spring are not repeated. What is the plan? It is similar to the plan that has been promised and used every year for the past two decades almost and it has not worked before and won’t work this time either. The main aspect of the plan is that they will cancel appointments and treatments of what they call ‘non-urgent’ or ‘elective surgeries and appointments’ so that all emergencies can be dealt with in a timely fashion and that beds will be available to prevent huge trolley figures. This will extend the waiting lists still further, it will mean continued suffering for those in pain awaiting treatment, it will mean delayed diagnosis for some, which could and likely will be fatal for some, it will mean further work related stress for doctors and nurses and drive more of our frontline staff out of the country, it will mean that money needed to resource other services will be redirected to the emergencies, in a word – it will mean a further deterioration of our Health Service. Oh yes - and they will pay good money to the Private system and to health services in other countries to do work for the public patients of Ireland.  Have we no one in Government who can see what needs to be done to solve this problem or why do they not want to listen. In today’s Irish Times a GP, Sinead Fahy, now working in Australia, tells us and the Government what to do to attract Irish doctors and Nurses back to work here in Ireland. It is very simple and a solution that I have been urging the Government to act on but to no avail. Will they listen to Sinead, who is one of those we want back here and one who knows the thinking of most of the other 300 Irish doctors in Australia. The Monaghan Alliance, though it did not succeed in the campaign to retain all the services in Monaghan, did help to make sure some services stayed. However Vicky Phelan, who made public the terrible situation re. CervicalCheck debacle, and has succeeded in getting a number of vital changes to our health services, has told that the only way to get changes is to keep the politicians on side. That is where the Monaghan Alliance went wrong – we confronted the politicians and pointed the finger at them and tried to hold them responsible, tried to lay the blame at their door, tried to get them to do what we wanted, tried to change their mind-set, tried to get something for Monaghan when everything was going to counties which had stronger representation in Government. Now we know what we should have done but then - we were only looking for our rights which they were and are still denying us.
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