Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith has tackled the Government about the ongoing delays in providing a Medical Assessment Unit at Monaghan General Hospital.
 
Deputy Smith has sought an update on the project from the Minister for Health James Reilly, but once again the Minister refused to commit to any timeline.
 
“It is very disappointing that the Government continues to drag its heels on the much needed Medical Assessment Unit at Monaghan General Hospital,” said Deputy Smith.
 
“I have sought updates from the Health Minister on a regular basis, and each time I get the same evasive answer.  It is unacceptable that the Government would continue to shrug off the queries and concerns of people in Monaghan who have been waiting for this new unit for some time.  
 
“Instead of providing some degree of certainty to patients in this region, Minister Reilly simply said:
 
‘The Regional Director of Operations, Dublin North East, established a group to undertake an independent assessment of the need for a medical assessment unit (MAU) in Monaghan Hospital and of the projected cost of running such a unit.  The group began its work in October 2011.I have received the report of the group and it has been referred to the Acute Medicine Programme for review.  The outcome of this review is currently awaited’
 
“This is the same response I have received on previous occasions.  I am calling on the Fine Gael TDs in Cavan-Monaghan to keep their promises to patients here and start pushing their colleague James Reilly on this matter.  We need some certainty in relation to the delivery of this important medical unit.”