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Kenny’s admission on Accident and Emergency Services a further slap in the face to the people of Roscommon – Claire Kerrane

9 December, 2015

Sinn Féin General Election Candidate for the Roscommon and East Galway Constituency has today hit out after Enda Kenny admitted that the Accident and Emergency Services in Galway University Hospital are “not fit for purpose”.

The comments come after Galway University Hospital topped the trolley league today (Monday).

Ms Kerrane said:

“Today University Hospital Galway topped the trolley league with 40 patients on trolleys while the outpatient waiting list shows that there are over 30,000 people awaiting treatment at the Hospital.

“The admission of the Taoiseach last week that the Accident and Emergency Department in the University Hospital in Galway is not fit for purpose highlights the sheer recklessness of the decision of the Government to close Accident and Emergency Services in Roscommon Hospital.

“It is clear that despite the Trojan efforts of staff at the hospital, it simply does not have the capacity to cope with the extra demand placed on it and I welcome this acknowledgement by the Taoiseach, belated though it is.

 “The simple question on everybody’s lips now is – what does this Taoiseach intend to do about it?

“The people of Galway and Roscommon deserve better than ill though out, reckless decisions made by incompetent Government Ministers that have put the health and safety of patients and front line health workers at risk.

“They also deserve better than rhetoric from our Taoiseach in the Dáil about problems that his Government has caused.

"I am calling on this Government to restore Accident and Emergency Services at Roscommon Hospital as soon as is practicable."

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