Clarity needed on proposed East Meath Primary Care Centre – Imelda Munster

The need for clarity on the proposed East Meath Primary Care Centre in Bettystown has been raised by Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster.

Deputy Munster received information this week from the HSE in response to parliamentary questions she put on the matter seeking information on the timeline of the project, and whether the new centre will increase the number of GPs in East Meath which is currently experiencing a severe shortage of GP places.

The responses outlined that works on the Primary Care Centre will begin in Q1 of 2022 and the centre is expected to be open in Q4 of 2022. In their responses the HSE did not clarify whether the Primary Care Centre would offer services in addition to those already in East Meath, or whether existing services will merely be moved there. It merely stipulated that two GP practices would be accommodated in the new unit.

Deputy Munster said:

“We have a serious shortage of GPs in East Meath. Tens of thousands of people have moved to the area in the past decade, yet the infrastructure hasn’t been improved to accommodate them.

“Every week in my constituency clinic I hear from constituents who are in the farcical and unacceptable situation of having to travel to Dublin or further afield to receive GP care as there are no places available in local practices.

“I am going to chase this matter up with the HSE as it’s a vital point – if the Primary Care Centre doesn’t increase the number of GPs working in the area, what purpose does it really serve?

“The other issue here is the length of time it will take to become operational. The unit is already there, but it has to be kitted out as a doctor’s surgery. I don’t quite understand how that will take the best part of a year to achieve, especially given the lengthy delays to date with the project.

“I’m going to put these questions to the HSE again, and I expect that this time around I get full answers to the questions put.

“Having to travel outside of your town, and outside of your county or province even for basic medical care is a scandal. We need the Primary Care Centre as soon as possible, and we need it be sure that it will provide additional GP capacity in the East Meath area.”

“My Life and Yours will be Better with Sinn Féin” – Cllr Imelda Munster

IMG_6186_edited-1Speaking at the launch of the General Election Campaign for the Louth/ East Meath Constituency in the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda on Monday Evening, Sinn Féin General Election candidate Councillor Imelda Munster said that Sinn Féin has solutions that will address the problems we have in this state today.

Cllr Munster said:

“Like all Republicans I have a vision for our country, a country that has freedom, equality and fairness for all its citizens enshrined in its constitution just like the 1916 Proclamation states.

“We need a government that leaves no stone unturned to ensure it delivers for all its citizens but unfortunately we have yet to see this happen.

“The parties who have run the state since partition have destroyed the economy, brought the state to its knees and gave away whatever sovereignty existed.

“They are trying to tell us there is a recovery but it’s not a recovery for all, it is not a fair recovery, it’s a recovery for a few.

“Sinn Féin is different. We put people first. We are now the biggest threat to the corrupt administration in the 26 counties and the elites are terrified of us.

“Sinn Féin has costed solutions that will address the problems we have in this state today.

“That’s why I am standing here today. I want to make a difference and my life and yours will be better with Sinn Féin.

“I want to get elected to strengthen the Sinn Féin team in Leinster House because by doing so, I will be strengthening the voice of the more vulnerable in our society.

“One hundred years ago this year, Irish men and Irish Women rose up against all the odds.

“They dared to dream of a better Ireland, they dared to dream of a new republic. So they shot and imprisoned them. Well guess what – They can kill the revolutionary but never the revolution.

“Look around you, is this the type of country you want your children and grandchildren to grow up in, and watch them emigrate from? We all need to stand up just as they did in 1916.

“Sinn Féin has a vision for a new and better Ireland. We need to stand up and elect a party that will dare to bring that 1916 dream to fruition.”

Elderly Citizens Being Treated Disgracefully – Adams

Eimear Ferguson & Imelda Munster

Eimear Ferguson & Imelda Munster  attended the meeting

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams recently met with the Margaret Swords, Group General Manager, of the Louth Meath Hospital Group and Angela McNamee, Director of Nursing, to discuss the impact of the National Service Plan on hospital provision for Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda and Our Lady of Lourdes in Navan.The Sinn Féin leader was accompanied by Cllr Imelda Munster, Cllr Tomas Sharkey, and East Meath representative Eimear Ferguson and Drogheda representative Kenneth Flood.

The Louth TD said: “This was an informative and very useful meeting. Ms Swords acknowledged that the Louth-Meath group would see cuts to its’ funding as a result of the National Service Plan but said that these could be absorbed within the group’s current strategy. The Group General Manager said that there would be no cuts to services and outlined additional services that would be provided in the year ahead, including an ophthalmology service providing cataract operations in Louth County Hospital and an ongoing new build programme in OLOL that will see new operating theatres and a new emergency department.

“However Ms Swords acknowledged that that there are difficulties in moving patients through the emergency department as quickly as she would like into beds. Ms Swords revealed that of the 209 beds in the hospital 107 are occupied by patients over 75 years of age and 160 of the patients are over 65. Some of these patients have been treated but because they cannot go home without a home care package or there are no residential places, they are taking up beds which should be used for patients. The failure of the government to provide appropriate residential accommodation or home care packages have put OLOL under unacceptable pressure.”

Commenting on the situation Councillor Imelda Munster said: “It is clear from our conversation with the Group General Manager that the failure by the government to provide residential care for elderly citizens and the removal of Long Stay and Respite Beds from the Cottage Hospital in Drogheda in 2012 is adding to the burden on health service provision for the elderly. At the time the public was told that 16 transitional care beds would be provide in the Cottage hospital along with increased funding for Home Adaption and Mobility Grants for the elderly to assist those who want to remain living independently in their homes. Since then funding for the Home Adaption and Mobility Grants has been slashed from €80 million to €38 At the time there was a commitment to provide a new 100 bed unit in St. Mary’s Hospital on the Dublin Road before the HIOA standards come in to force in January 2015. There was been no application for funding in 2012 or 2013. An application for funding was made in recent months but there is no guarantee that the funding will be given”.

Kenneth Flood

                        Kenneth Flood

Tomás Sharkey attended the meeting

                             Tomás Sharkey