Cross party effort could increase services to small hospitals in Monaghan

Sinn Fein and People Before Profit could launch a cross party effort campaigning for increased serivces in smaller hospitals in Monaghan.

Speaking at a public meeting about the future of Monaghan hospital last night representatives revealed separate budgets had been put forward by each party regarding public healthcare.

Speaking from the floor People before Profit representative Paddy Grenham explained the government had alternative models from each party on how to fund a fully functioning 32 county public healthcare.

In response Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD suggested they needed to work on a cross party on the issue moving forward in order to implement the alternative budget plan which could in turn restore services to Monaghan Hospital.

Hundreds of people die every year because of delays in appointments and treatments of diagnoses.

Speaking at a public meeting on the Future of Monaghan Hospital last night, Peadar McMahon from Monaghan Community Alliance claimed consultants revealed around 300 people die needlessly every year due to hospital delays.

Referring to a recent interview by Dr Helen Heneghan, bariatric surgeon in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, he recapped that nine of her patients died over five years while on the waiting list for a gastric bypass operation.

He warned any delay with a consultant means people will suffer.

Peadar McMahon stressed that Monaghan hospital should be used more efficiently to help relieve the growing pressure on the health service here.