Naughten welcomes Cabinet approval for medical cards for sick children

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that Cabinet has approved the allocation of medical cards for all children who qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance, as well as a reduction in the prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70.  “This is a welcome decision to give medical cards to all children who qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance. The new …

Naughten welcomes Lottery grant allocations

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement of National Lottery grants by the Department of Health, including over €190,000 for groups in Roscommon and Galway. The funding includes €63,982 for the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon for the purchase of ceiling tracking hoists as well as over €5,000 for Glinsk Defibrillator Group to purchase four defibrillators. …

Naughten disappointed with HSE comments following robust mental health meeting

In Health by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has sought a detailed statement from the HSE following last Friday’s meeting on the future of the mental health services in County Roscommon. While the meeting was “robust” and Mr. Tony Canavan, who heads up the local health services, was “left in no doubt about the local feelings with regard to the HSE actions”; there was agreement …

Minister Naughten meets with local nursing representatives

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten met with a group of INMO nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon, outside Leinster House this week, along with INMO General Secretary Liam Doran. The INMO, SIPTU and members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) were staging a protest seeking the restoration of incremental credit for nurses and midwives who graduated between 2011 and 2015. Minister …

Green light for rehab unit good for patients nationwide – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

The decision to proceed with the design and planning for the new rehabilitation unit at Roscommon University Hospital is a positive development for all patients who will rely on rehabilitation services in every corner of Ireland, Minister Denis Naughten has stated. “When complete, this project will take pressure of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and ensure that more patients are treated …

Any threat to future of Portiuncula A&E will not be tolerated – Minister Naughten

In Health, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has stated that any proposal for the closure of the A&E at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, will not be tolerated. “This issue also arose during the talks on the formation of a government and I made it crystal clear that I would not tolerate any proposal to downgrade the A&E at Portiuncula Hospital,” stated Minister Naughten. “I …

Where is the review of Roscommon mental health services asks Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has sought an update from the HSE on the review of mental health services in County Roscommon which it commissioned last year. The review was ordered in part due to serious concerns over the operation of the service raised by Denis Naughten. An independent external team from Northern Ireland sought submission from the public last year …

Naughten delivering improved emergency stroke services

In Health by Denis Naughten

Both Portiuncula Hospital and Mayo General Hospital are about to get a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week emergency stroke service which will save local lives, according to Denis Naughten TD. Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar have both taken delivery of new telemedicine stroke machines and staff have now been trained as …

Naughten disappointed at removal of maternity outreach clinic

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Independent election candidate Denis Naughten has expressed his disappointment at the removal of maternity outreach services from Roscommon Town. The weekly outreach maternity clinic had been operated by Portiuncula Hospital from the Primary Care Centre in Roscommon Town where expectant mothers could avail of all their antenatal requirements, from booking to delivery. However, news broke recently that this service was …

Jigsaw closure puts young people at serious risk – Naughten

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has asked the HSE to meet with Headstrong to try to find an interim solution to allow the Jigsaw service to continue to operate from the start of next month. He described the suspension of the Jigsaw service for young people as “a serious blow for mental health services in County Roscommon and one which must be reversed …