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Reilly must reverse Roscommon decision

8 August, 2011 - by Michael Colreavy TD


Sinn Féin Sligo-North Leitrim TD Michael Colreavy, a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children, has said Health Minister James Reilly still has the authority to re-instate the Emergency Department at Roscommon County Hospital.

Speaking on the day the 'urgent care centre' at the Hospital is due to end its 24-hour service, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Today sees the winding down of the 24-hour 'urgent care centre' put in place after the disgraceful closure of the Emergency Department at Roscommon County Hospital. Once again people are quite rightly protesting at the downgrading of the Hospital and the resulting dangers to the health, safety and lives of people from the wide hinterland served by Roscommon Hospital.

“In addition to the longer journey times to other hospitals, people also have to face longer stays in Emergency Departments as a result of the savage cutbacks being imposed in our health services, the latest being the extension of the recruitment ban to front-line services.

“Health Minister James Reilly still has the authority to reinstate the Emergency Department at Roscommon. He should do so. And public pressure should be maintained on the Fine Gael/Labour Government which plans even worse health cuts this coming winter.” ENDS

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