Anger in Roscommon at prospect of closure of Portiuncula A&E - Kenny
Speaking in Roscommon today Sinn Féin by-election candidate Cllr Martin Kenny said there was deep shock and anger in Roscommon at the prospect that the government may be considering closing the 24 hour service at the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
He called on the government to abandon any such plans and challenged the other by-election candidates to make a commitment to restore services at Roscommon A&E.
Martin Kenny said;
“It is clear that health services across the state are at breaking point as a result of the cuts introduced by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil before them.
“The people of this region are being asked to live with second class public services and to travel long distance on poor roads to access emergency medical services.
“The news that the government may be considering closing the 24 hour service at the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has been greeted with shock and anger in Roscommon.
“When the A&E was closed at Roscommon General Hospital many people were forced to go to Portiuncula Hospital as the nearest A&E. If the removal of 24 hour A&E services from Portiuncula goes ahead people will be forced to go all the way to Galway. This would be totally unacceptable and any such plan should be dropped immediately.
“I am calling on all the by-election candidates in Roscommon South Leitrim to make a clear commitment to work to keep 24 hour and A&E at Portiuncula and to commit to the restoration of services at Roscommon General Hospital.
“I was very disappointed to note that Fianna Fáil candidate Ivan Connaughton failed to give such a commitment in relation to the restoration of services at Roscommon General hospital during a debate on Shannonside Radio this morning.
“We need to defend our public services, work to restore services that have been withdrawn and work to build a better health system equally accessible to all. That is what I will do if elected as a TD for Roscommon South Leitrim.”