Fianna Fáil TD, Niamh Smyth has said that following a meeting with Mr. Ian Carter, CEO of the RCSI Hospital Group, she is hopeful that the opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit at Monaghan Hospital could be extended.

Deputy Smyth was commenting after she sought and secured a meeting with Mr. Ian Carter in Leinster House to discuss both Cavan and Monaghan General Hospitals.

“I was heartened to hear from Mr. Carter that the RCSI Hospital Group has no plans to downgrade either hospital, but has in fact plans to improve the facilities at Cavan General Hospital and ‘cannot rule out the possibility’ of extending the hours at Monaghan Minor Injuries Unit.

“I made the case that there is a very real need for additional capital investment in Cavan General. The hospital buildings, and in particular the Emergency Department, all look very tired.

“Mr. Carter informed me that there are plans to upgrade the ward bed infrastructure and to review the paediatric and adult resuscitation areas. Furthermore, there are plans to expand the endoscopy service.

“Regarding Monaghan’s Minor Injuries Unit, I stressed the point that it is very unfair on the people of Monaghan that the unit isn’t open in the evenings or at the weekends. There is a very real need for the operating hours to be extended to reflect the need on the ground.

“Mr. Carter outlined to me that he is willing to consider extending the opening hours in the future, and this is something I am intent on pursuing on behalf of the people of Monaghan.

“Delivering the best possible hospital services, in conjunction with increased use of primary health services, is essential for the people of Cavan and Monahan. I won’t stop working on these issues,” concluded Smyth.