Naughten raises concern over Portiuncula A&E cuts

In Health, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Cuts of €1 million per month to the budget of the A&E department at Portiuncula Hospital will have serious implications for those relying on the hospital, Denis Naughten TD has stated.

The budget for the hospital’s A&E unit will now be cut from €3.92m per month to €2.93m – a reduction of €1m a month.

“The closure of the accident and emergency unit at Roscommon Hospital, pressure on Galway University Hospital and threats to Mullingar Hospital means that more people than ever are now reliant on the A&E department at Portiuncula Hospital,” stated Denis Naughten.

“How can the HSE stand over a situation where the budget of Portiuncula Hospital is being slashed as more and more patients are being channelled through its Accident & Emergency Department?

“Galway University Hospital is already over-crowded and the closure of Roscommon A&E has led to additional pressure on services in surrounding hospitals, like Portiuncula. This has already led to a situation in Galway where patients in A&E are being forced to lie on the floor, making the situation look more like Libya that Ireland.

“It is also clear that the decision by HIQA to ban trolleys in Tallaght A&E, if implemented in the west in conjunction with budget cuts to Portiuncula Hospital’s A&E department for the remainder of 2011, will leave local patients suffering.”