“The announcement by Government that the endoscopy unit at Roscommon will only open on a phased basis during 2016 is disappointing” states Denis Naughten TD.
In response to a query raised by Deputy Feighan in the Dáil on Wednesday, Minister Kathleen Lynch stated that “It is anticipated that the new endoscopy unit at Roscommon hospital will open on a phased basis in 2016”
In the Saolta Hospital Group service plan for 2015 it states:
“In Roscommon, we hope to complete the building of the Endoscopy unit in Mid-Summer with the aim being to commission it in the third quarter of 2015. This is a very significant and positive development for the hospital and the group and we eagerly await its opening”
“The fact is that the clear impression was given that the new unit would be fully operational by the end of 2015. We now find that while the work is completed, the new unit will not become operational until 2016, and then only on a phased basis.
“The HSE has already interviewed staff on the clear understanding that the Unit would be operational this year. But with a phased opening now planned, some staff may decide to take up posts elsewhere, which could further delay this unit in becoming fully operational”
“While this delay is disappointing for those waiting on colonoscopies it will also be a huge disappointment for staff that held off taking up other posts in other hospitals on the basis that they would be starting work at Roscommon Hospital this autumn” concluded Denis Naughten
Editors note: Reply received by Denis Naughten from the HSE yesterday