Naughten re-affirms commitment to Roscommon Hospital on RTE

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Fine Gael’s commitment to both retain and develop services at Roscommon Hospital was reiterated by Denis Naughten during his appearance on RTE1’s ‘Campaign Daily’ today (Monday).

During a discussion on Fine Gael’s ‘FairCare’ plan to reform the health services Denis Naughten confirmed that under the plan the future of Roscommon Hospital – and other similar small hospitals – would be secure.

“Not only will Fine Gael retain all existing services at the hospital but we will also enhance and develop services,” Denis Naughten has stated.

“Fine Gael has committed to addressing the staffing issues that currently exist at the hospital regarding both theatre nurses and junior doctors by introducing a new structure for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor training which will recognise time spent in Roscommon Hospital and by changing 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.

“It is also important to point out that our policy is not isolated to Roscommon Hospital, this is a national policy that will be implemented locally to ensure not only the retention of existing services but also the enhancement of services and the development of new ones.

“The reality is that 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,” concluded Denis Naughten.