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HSE admission shows folly of Reilly’s axing of Roscommon Emergency Department – Ó Caoláin

12 July, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the admission by the HSE that Roscommon Hospital was not visited by HIQA, nor was a stand-alone report on the hospital conducted by HIQA, shows the folly of Health Minister James Reilly’s decision to axe the Emergency Department.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It is now confirmed by the HSE that HIQA inspectors never visited Roscommon Hospital and that a stand-alone report on the hospital was never conducted. The mortality figures for Roscommon quoted by Health Minister James Reilly are also hotly disputed.

“Minister Reilly has used PR spin to cover the inadequate and cobbled together arrangements to replace the Emergency Department at Roscommon. It emerged at the weekend that the Minister himself pushed for the use of the term ‘urgent care centre’ to describe the minor injuries unit, medical assessment unit and planned – but not yet agreed – GP out of hours service. This only caused confusion as did the Minister’s erroneous statement that GPs would be operating a ‘drop-in centre’ at the hospital.

“The Irish Medical News this week reports the Minister as saying that wider plans to change the role of smaller hospitals have not yet been agreed but are being discussed by the Government. The Minister claims that further plans for reducing services in smaller hospitals have not been signed off by him and will not be before full consultation.

“The Minister should immediately restore the Emergency Department at Roscommon and should come before the Dáil before the summer recess to explain fully what his and his Government’s policy is on the configuration of hospital services in this State, especially his plans for smaller hospitals.”

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