HIQA seeking details of ambulance problems locally – Naughten

In East-Roscommon, Health, Mid-Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The Chief Executive of the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA), Dr. Tracey Cooper, is seeking details of problems with the ambulance service in County Roscommon on foot of concerns raised by local TD Denis Naughten.

At a Health Committee meeting this week with HIQA, Denis Naughten highlighted reports of ambulances being diverted from hospitals while en-route and patients being transferred to A&E departments with space rather than those most appropriate to the patient’s needs.

Deputy Naughten highlighted the on-going problem when responding to HIQAs comment that it “supports the new model of services that was implemented by the HSE in Roscommon”.

Denis Naughten also went on to say that it was clear that HIQA was not aware of the fallout from the closure of the A&E including on-going ambulance issues.

Responding to the claims Dr Cooper expressed concern regarding such reports and as a result is anxious to receive details of any problems experienced with the emergency ambulance transport of patients to hospitals servicing County Roscommon.

“I plan to meet with HIQA within the next 10 days and in advance of that members of the public can pass on reports of problems with the ambulance service directly to me by e-mail at dnaughten@oir.ie or in writing to me at Abbey Street, Roscommon,” stated Denis Naughten.

Alternatively the public can contact John McDermott of Roscommon Hospital Action Committee on 087 3197610 or e-mail roscommonhac@hotmail.com or contact HIQA directly at its Head office, Unit 1301, City Gate, Mahon, Cork or e-mail info@hiqa.ie