Wednesday, 26 April 2006
Mary Harney (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
A review of what happened to the late Pat Joe Walsh in Monaghan General Hospital is expected to be complete next month. The review of services in the region will also be available in May. As a matter of urgency we need greater clarity as to what should happen in the north east because there have been major difficulties. For almost as long as I have been a Member of this House, the hospital services in that region have been the source of much debate here. Many of the problems stem from having so many hospitals for such a small population base, which causes great confusion and difficulty.