The general election has been described as a referendum on Roscommon Hospital by Fine Gael’s Denis Naughten.
He was speaking following Micheal Martin’s confirmation, during a recent visit to the county, that the reconfiguration of services at Roscommon Hospital “isn’t over” and must be allowed to “take its course”.
“This election is a referendum on the hospital. If people want the reconfiguration of services – which would lead to the downgrading of services – to continue then they should vote Fianna Fail.
“If they want the exact opposite and to see services retained and enhanced then they need to vote for Fine Gael,” stated Denis Naughten, Fine Gael’s Deputy Health Spokesperson.
“Fine Gael has set out a clear alternative to the reconfiguration proposed by the HSE as a direct result of Fianna Fail policy.
“The future of Roscommon Hospital is secure under Fine Gael. We have provided written confirmation that not only will Fine Gael retain all existing services at the Hospital but that it will also enhance and develop services.
“We are committed to addressing the existing threats to the A&E service, namely junior doctors and theatre nurse cover and we have set out a solution to both of these issues. We will also change the legislation to facilitate National Treatment Purchase work to take place at Roscommon Hospital, which will enable the employment of the required theatre nurses.
“Under our proposals the future of services at Roscommon Hospital will be determined locally. We want to have a local board appointed by staff, patients and the community to run the hospital in conjunction with local management and not have it run by faceless bureaucrats within the HSE.
“Fine Gael is the only party which has delivered a written commitment on the future of Roscommon Hospital and is the only party with a plan to reform the health service as a whole. A vote for Fine Gael is a vote for Roscommon Hospital,” concluded Denis Naughten.