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Don’t Blame Covid19? It is an excellent time to blame Covid19 for things that are not going right but in all fairness it should not be blamed for everything. However it certainly is the reason why I am finding it so difficult to get happenings for emyvale.net as there is less going on and some things that are going on cannot be posted or are not photographed. I am trying to fill space and hold interest by posting from my archives or looking back at life around North Monaghan decades ago. However my request for names or information seems to fall on a lot of deaf ears. Speaking of the site – Months ago I predicted that the Childrens Hospital would end up costing over €2billion and few believed that I had sufficient information to say that. I was saying it because a reliable source told me and now it is very likely that it will cost well over €2billion of your money and mine. As well it may not be as big as originally planned and the possibility of putting a Maternity hospital beside it might be considered. We are also being told that it will not be opened until 2024. Meanwhile all the extra money needed will reduce the amount of money available for everyday conditions as is the practice with our health Service – when a problem hits the media and gets headlines in the news they take money from other services to pretend they are solving the problem although in fact they are only moving the deck chairs from one problem to another. Doing that has been a regular feature of health services for many a year now, as we witnessed when we were fighting to have acute services maintained in Monaghan General Hospital. One thing that Covid19 has shown is that, as a result of what successive Governments have done since the end of the 90’s by continually reducing the capacity of beds and staff and also reducing the services available in hospitals like Monaghan, we were forced to spent millions of euro on buying beds and staff in Private hospitals and to spend over the odds to make existing hospitals capable of taking the pressures brought about by Covid. The need for increased bed capacity has been highlighted over and over again by the Alliance and others and the need to sort out proper working conditions to entice Irish doctors and nurses to remain in Ireland and working in our hospitals has been so evident and emphasised by so many yet not enough was done. Even since Covid arrived, efforts to increase availability levels in our hospitals has been a failure as staffing levels are still too low in order to open more beds. Recently our Government announced the great news -- 23 extra beds for Monaghan General Hospital, and when one politician mentioned it to me I responded that I would smile when they announced extra staff in Monaghan to look after the patients in these beds. Some weeks later the Northern Standard carried the news that the beds would not be opened as there was insufficient staff. That is the way the Government and HSE think they can hoodwink the people of Monaghan, by making them think they are getting something but getting nothing other than an empty promise and this has been going on since I joined the Alliance in 2002. This method, of taking from one service to bolster another, puts patients in real danger. If we look at the present – elective surgeries have been cancelled, diagnostic tests have been postponed, treatment has been deferred, appointments have been delayed, and people (men, women and children) are left to suffer physically and mentally as a result. There are, I’m told, over 850,000 on the waiting list. Some of these will be diagnosed when it is too late; some will have to suffer the pain, mental and physical, while waiting; some will pass away before they get to see a consultant, and thankfully some, who will suffer the mental strain of waiting, will eventually be told that it is nothing serious. How do we get someone who will grip the nettle and provide us with a properly working health service.
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Don’t Blame Covid19? It is an excellent time to blame Covid19 for things that are not going right but in all fairness it should not be blamed for everything. However it certainly is the reason why I am finding it so difficult to get happenings for emyvale.net as there is less going on and some things that are going on cannot be posted or are not photographed. I am trying to fill space and hold interest by posting from my archives or looking back at life around North Monaghan decades ago. However my request for names or information seems to fall on a lot of deaf ears. Speaking of the site – Months ago I predicted that the Childrens Hospital would end up costing over €2billion and few believed that I had sufficient information to say that. I was saying it because a reliable source told me and now it is very likely that it will cost well over €2billion of your money and mine. As well it may not be as big as originally planned and the possibility of putting a Maternity hospital beside it might be considered. We are also being told that it will not be opened until 2024. Meanwhile all the extra money needed will reduce the amount of money available for everyday conditions as is the practice with our health Service – when a problem hits the media and gets headlines in the news they take money from other services to pretend they are solving the problem although in fact they are only moving the deck chairs from one problem to another. Doing that has been a regular feature of health services for many a year now, as we witnessed when we were fighting to have acute services maintained in Monaghan General Hospital. One thing that Covid19 has shown is that, as a result of what successive Governments have done since the end of the 90’s by continually reducing the capacity of beds and staff and also reducing the services available in hospitals like Monaghan, we were forced to spent millions of euro on buying beds and staff in Private hospitals and to spend over the odds to make existing hospitals capable of taking the pressures brought about by Covid. The need for increased bed capacity has been highlighted over and over again by the Alliance and others and the need to sort out proper working conditions to entice Irish doctors and nurses to remain in Ireland and working in our hospitals has been so evident and emphasised by so many yet not enough was done. Even since Covid arrived, efforts to increase availability levels in our hospitals has been a failure as staffing levels are still too low in order to open more beds. Recently our Government announced the great news -- 23 extra beds for Monaghan General Hospital, and when one politician mentioned it to me I responded that I would smile when they announced extra staff in Monaghan to look after the patients in these beds. Some weeks later the Northern Standard carried the news that the beds would not be opened as there was insufficient staff. That is the way the Government and HSE think they can hoodwink the people of Monaghan, by making them think they are getting something but getting nothing other than an empty promise and this has been going on since I joined the Alliance in 2002. This method, of taking from one service to bolster another, puts patients in real danger. If we look at the present – elective surgeries have been cancelled, diagnostic tests have been postponed, treatment has been deferred, appointments have been delayed, and people (men, women and children) are left to suffer physically and mentally as a result. There are, I’m told, over 850,000 on the waiting list. Some of these will be diagnosed when it is too late; some will have to suffer the pain, mental and physical, while waiting; some will pass away before they get to see a consultant, and thankfully some, who will suffer the mental strain of waiting, will eventually be told that it is nothing serious. How do we get someone who will grip the nettle and provide us with a properly working health service.