Announced with great fanfare less than 2 weeks ago, the expanded endoscopy service at Roscommon County Hospital has now been hit by a new staff recruitment ban announced by the HSE claims local TD, Denis Naughten.
“Even though we are told that the Roscommon/Galway hospital group is outside the remit of the HSE, it seems when it comes to the recruitment of staff to operate the recently announced enhanced endoscopy service, the HSE recruitment ban, applies” stated Denis Naughten.
It was disclosed today that HSE is placing further restrictions on staff recruitment in a bid to deal with its deficit of over €280 million and this will have a direct impact on the recruitment of theatre staff at Roscommon County Hospital, who are required to support the push for increased day surgery at the hospital including the new endoscopy service.
“It seems bizarre that the new enhanced service was announced before all of the vacant staffing posts in theatre were appointed especially when such appointments were only approved in the first place if there were seen as critical to the efficient operation of the Hospital and the health service.”
Furthermore, it seems that these vital posts cannot be filled on a temporary basis as the HSE directive says where recruitment has been frozen, no substitution by use of agency staff or overtime should occur.
“This is really frustrating because the announced expansion of the Endoscopy Service at Roscommon County Hospital is long overdue and is important for patients with cancer concerns and would be useful in the early diagnosis of problems.”
It is very disappointing that less than 2 weeks after the announcement of the new service it seems that the capacity to treat patients is being restricted by staff recruitment. It is already the case that if this service was operational from last September as originally envisaged, an additional 1700 people could been treated to date at Roscommon County Hospital.
“This recruitment ban by the HSE is a further setback to patients awaiting treatment in Roscommon Hospital and I hope that a special case can now be made to the Health Minister to have these vital appointments made without further delay” concluded Denis Naughten.