Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says his party will recruit more nurses to provide a nurse led Community Intervention Team (CIT) across the two counties.  At the moment there are no CITs in either Cavan or Monaghan.

Mr. Smith explained, “Community Intervention Teams play an essential role in the provision of primary care services.  It allows patients to be treated at home, in a residential care centre or in certain community settings, thereby reducing the need for hospital admission or allowing an early discharge from hospital.

“These nurse led teams are able to provide a range of services like administration of IV antibiotics, check ups for patients following fractures, falls or surgery, follow ups on respiratory illnesses, bowel care and medication management.  These services have a two-fold benefit; they reduce the pressure on an already over burdened acute hospital system and they facilitate the treatment of patients in their own community.

“They have been proven to be extremely successful in the areas where they have been introduced, however there is not one Community Intervention Team in the whole of the North West region.  Cavan and Monaghan have been left out of the equation entirely.  Once again we have a case where this Dublin centric Government have left the regions behind – out of the 12 existing CITs, 7 are in Dublin and the commuter counties.  The North West has been completely ignored by Fine Gael.  This has to change.

“Fianna Fáil will commit to establishing a nurse led Community Intervention Team in Cavan-Monaghan if elected to Government.  We believe that primary and community care must form the basis of our health system, meeting over 90% of all health and social service needs.  We want quality services to be community based so that everyone can benefit from new opportunities for improved care”.