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Fooled Again? Since I became involved in the struggle to maintain vital services at Monaghan General Hospital I have met with more people in authority who have fooled me and fooled me again to such an extent that now I seldom believe anything anyone in authority tells me about Monaghan General Hospital.  Once again our Taoiseach and Minister for Health raised the hope of the people of Monaghan when they indicated that Monaghan General Hospital could do more to alleviate the numbers on waiting lists and they gave the impression that they were going to ensure that this happened but alas it was all just another fairy story – another ‘good sound bite’, another Valium tablet to keep Monaghan people happy and quiet. The budget, which they gave us last week is another piece of tom-foolery. They tried to give us the impression that we would be better off whereas it will be a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. They gave us to one hand and are taking more from the other hand. The cost of living was not taken into their considerations. With the added cost of fuel, of ESB, housing, of food etc etc and the fact that these will rise even more over the winter time will certainly make us all poorer. We have been fooled. In the budget we heard that extra billions is being given to Health. This year the Health budget went over by almost 1 billion and that has to be covered and if they do the same again next year there goes the extra money and we get nothing extra in return except greater numbers on waiting lists. There is also extra money going to the National Treatment Purchase Fund which will pay for some people on the waiting lists to have their procedures carried out expensively abroad or in the Private system. That is great news for the people who are selected but it is money that will give no benefits to anyone else, whereas if that money was spent on improving the public health system more people would benefit. Then again giving extra money to the Health, which has happened so often in the past, seems to be a waste of time and money as it gets swallowed up in administration and reports and consultations and little comes down to improve services. Every crisis that comes up in Health results in the Taoiseach or Minister publicly announcing that there will be money to solve that problem, and the following week/month there is a different crisis and again they have the money to ensure that this will not happen again and they have the money to increase the number of Free GP cards and they have the money to pay for all abortions and they have the money to pay for junkets here there and everywhere but do not have the money to employ more nurses, doctors and consultants, who are so badly needed and without them our health services will never improve. But it sounds good when they promise the money, which they then have to take from somewhere else and move the problem to another place and cause another crisis. We are fools. I think it is time that we, the people, began to realise that all we are getting is –‘words’, exciting words but they end up like a damp squib. Sooner or later it will all fall apart and they will realise their foolishness in trying to dupe the people. It always appears that staying in power for personal reasons is the deciding factor in decision making. What would be essential to save lives in Monaghan and what would ease the pain and suffering and stress of those on waiting list is way down the list of priorities. The Nurses, the doctors and the Consultants keep telling us that more frontline staff is essential if there is to be improvement. New buildings, new equipment, new beds, are useless without the personnel to use it and I don’t mean administrators. And we keep hearing of the success of the centralisation of cancer services and how the number of survivors has increased as a result. This is not exact as it has been the positive outcomes of research in improving the drugs and methods of curing cancer that has made the difference and not because fewer hospitals were allowed to treat cancer. How to treat this desease has made huge advances in recent years and added to that is the ability to discover cancer at an earlier stage with screening, results in better outcomes.
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Fooled Again? Since I became involved in the struggle to maintain vital services at Monaghan General Hospital I have met with more people in authority who have fooled me and fooled me again to such an extent that now I seldom believe anything anyone in authority tells me about Monaghan General Hospital.  Once again our Taoiseach and Minister for Health raised the hope of the people of Monaghan when they indicated that Monaghan General Hospital could do more to alleviate the numbers on waiting lists and they gave the impression that they were going to ensure that this happened but alas it was all just another fairy story – another ‘good sound bite’, another Valium tablet to keep Monaghan people happy and quiet. The budget, which they gave us last week is another piece of tom-foolery. They tried to give us the impression that we would be better off whereas it will be a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. They gave us to one hand and are taking more from the other hand. The cost of living was not taken into their considerations. With the added cost of fuel, of ESB, housing, of food etc etc and the fact that these will rise even more over the winter time will certainly make us all poorer. We have been fooled. In the budget we heard that extra billions is being given to Health. This year the Health budget went over by almost 1 billion and that has to be covered and if they do the same again next year there goes the extra money and we get nothing extra in return except greater numbers on waiting lists. There is also extra money going to the National Treatment Purchase Fund which will pay for some people on the waiting lists to have their procedures carried out expensively abroad or in the Private system. That is great news for the people who are selected but it is money that will give no benefits to anyone else, whereas if that money was spent on improving the public health system more people would benefit. Then again giving extra money to the Health, which has happened so often in the past, seems to be a waste of time and money as it gets swallowed up in administration and reports and consultations and little comes down to improve services. Every crisis that comes up in Health results in the Taoiseach or Minister publicly announcing that there will be money to solve that problem, and the following week/month there is a different crisis and again they have the money to ensure that this will not happen again and they have the money to increase the number of Free GP cards and they have the money to pay for all abortions and they have the money to pay for junkets here there and everywhere but do not have the money to employ more nurses, doctors and consultants, who are so badly needed and without them our health services will never improve. But it sounds good when they promise the money, which they then have to take from somewhere else and move the problem to another place and cause another crisis. We are fools. I think it is time that we, the people, began to realise that all we are getting is –‘words’, exciting words but they end up like a damp squib. Sooner or later it will all fall apart and they will realise their foolishness in trying to dupe the people. It always appears that staying in power for personal reasons is the deciding factor in decision making. What would be essential to save lives in Monaghan and what would ease the pain and suffering and stress of those on waiting list is way down the list of priorities. The Nurses, the doctors and the Consultants keep telling us that more frontline staff is essential if there is to be improvement. New buildings, new equipment, new beds, are useless without the personnel to use it and I don’t mean administrators. And we keep hearing of the success of the centralisation of cancer services and how the number of survivors has increased as a result. This is not exact as it has been the positive outcomes of research in improving the drugs and methods of curing cancer that has made the difference and not because fewer hospitals were allowed to treat cancer. How to treat this desease has made huge advances in recent years and added to that is the ability to discover cancer at an earlier stage with screening, results in better outcomes.