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Health Investment. Sunday Independent of Sunday, September 1st 2019 has raised my blood pressure as does a number of issues in our Health Services. However I will keep to the latest annoyance. Minister Harris is going to announce a €2.1b capital spend over the next three years, which is about €700,000 per year. Now at the moment the Health system is over-running this year by €600m, which has to be made up and there are cuts being made all over the system in order to recoup the massive over spend on the National Childrens Hospital. Even so we are told that the Health System will get 1. 480 new hospital beds 2. Investment in 50 Community Nursing Units by upgrade or replacement. 3. 30 New Primary Care Centres 4. Waiting List hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway. 5. 2 New Emergency Departments. 6. More and new diagnostic equipment in 20 hospitals including Linacs, MRIs Cath labs, two CTs and 2 Interventional Suites. 7. Mental Health and disability initiatives in communities 8. New Renal Dialysis Unit in Tallaght. 9. Extension of Free GP service to children. 10. Free dental service to children. And on it goes. Now really and being realistic about it - if past projects are taken into account, there is no way that those 10 promises can be carried out, as the 3 year time frame is unattainable and there isn’t enough money to carry them out. So are we getting the ‘big promises’ prior to an election or does he think we have little comprehension of the facts of our situation. In the same paper we read of the disaster, which the lack of GPs will bring to us all and especially those of us who live in rural Ireland. Of course our own GPs in Monaghan and Cavan and the North East have already told us of the major problem people will have in getting signed up to a Doctor and all lists are already full not to mention the number of GP retirements coming during the next couple of years. My intellect tells me that he can put as many new beds as he likes into hospitals but where is he going to get the nurses, doctors and consultants and hospital staff to treat the patients who might end up in those beds? He cannot fill the present vacancies never mind creating more. How about doing something to attract young doctors so that they will want to stay and work in Ireland. How about making conditions of work for the nursing staff more appealing so that you can fill the existing vacancies. How about sorting out the management of the existing services so that they can run more efficiently and productively. He also plans to build another three hospitals to carry out elective non-emergency surgeries so as to reduce waiting lists. Great Idea Minister but it is not new – we have been telling you and this Government and the previous Government to use the facilities in Monaghan General Hospital to do more surgery and if you use Nenagh/Dundalk/Navan/ Ennis/ Roscommon similarly it will save you having to build 3 More Hospitals, which could end up costing Billions like other projects. So I would say to the Minister – sort out the present problems first and don’t even consider producing more problems for the patients of Ireland.
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Health Investment. Sunday Independent of Sunday, September 1st 2019 has raised my blood pressure as does a number of issues in our Health Services. However I will keep to the latest annoyance. Minister Harris is going to announce a €2.1b capital spend over the next three years, which is about €700,000 per year. Now at the moment the Health system is over-running this year by €600m, which has to be made up and there are cuts being made all over the system in order to recoup the massive over spend on the National Childrens Hospital. Even so we are told that the Health System will get 1. 480 new hospital beds 2. Investment in 50 Community Nursing Units by upgrade or replacement. 3. 30 New Primary Care Centres 4. Waiting List hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway. 5. 2 New Emergency Departments. 6. More and new diagnostic equipment in 20 hospitals including Linacs, MRIs Cath labs, two CTs and 2 Interventional Suites. 7. Mental Health and disability initiatives in communities 8. New Renal Dialysis Unit in Tallaght. 9. Extension of Free GP service to children. 10. Free dental service to children. And on it goes. Now really and being realistic about it - if past projects are taken into account, there is no way that those 10 promises can be carried out, as the 3 year time frame is unattainable and there isn’t enough money to carry them out. So are we getting the ‘big promises’ prior to an election or does he think we have little comprehension of the facts of our situation. In the same paper we read of the disaster, which the lack of GPs will bring to us all and especially those of us who live in rural Ireland. Of course our own GPs in Monaghan and Cavan and the North East have already told us of the major problem people will have in getting signed up to a Doctor and all lists are already full not to mention the number of GP retirements coming during the next couple of years. My intellect tells me that he can put as many new beds as he likes into hospitals but where is he going to get the nurses, doctors and consultants and hospital staff to treat the patients who might end up in those beds? He cannot fill the present vacancies never mind creating more. How about doing something to attract young doctors so that they will want to stay and work in Ireland. How about making conditions of work for the nursing staff more appealing so that you can fill the existing vacancies. How about sorting out the management of the existing services so that they can run more efficiently and productively. He also plans to build another three hospitals to carry out elective non-emergency surgeries so as to reduce waiting lists. Great Idea Minister but it is not new – we have been telling you and this Government and the previous Government to use the facilities in Monaghan General Hospital to do more surgery and if you use Nenagh/Dundalk/Navan/ Ennis/ Roscommon similarly it will save you having to build 3 More Hospitals, which could end up costing Billions like other projects. So I would say to the Minister – sort out the present problems first and don’t even consider producing more problems for the patients of Ireland.