Members of Regional Group asking for consideration of cloth face coverings to control community spread of Covid-19

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

On reviewing the evolving medical evidence regarding modes of transmission of coronavirus, the regional group of independents which has 2 members with experience in infection control systems is asking government and the National Public Health Emergency Team to immediately consider initiatives for cloth faced coverings to be worn in public and work areas. Simple cloth face coverings can slow the …

Post vans must be used to deliver food & medicine to older people – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has asked An Post to use its mail network across the country to ensure older people have access to food, medicines, newspapers etc without having to leave their homes. “Through my work as Minister for Communications I was able to protect the 5-day delivery service to every home in Ireland and this service must now be used …

Emergency COVID-19 law must have end date – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has requested that Government insert an end date (sunset clause) into the emergency legislation on the COVID-19 which is to be debated in Dáil Eireann tomorrow (Thursday).   “While I welcome the measures included in this emergency legislation to support the national response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is important that these powers are not used beyond …

Recruitment embargo putting older people at higher risk of flu infection – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The slashing of 153 posts in the health services across Counties Roscommon, Galway & Mayo will lead to many older people being forced into overcrowded hospitals where they are at greater risk of picking up infections such as the coronavirus, says Denis Naughten TD. “While I welcome the lifting of the recruitment ban on nursing staff in our hospitals to …

Plan to move Portiuncula maternity & A&E to Merlin Park must be stopped – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Saolta fail to recognise that Portiuncula serves Midlands and not just East Galway   Over the past 12 months the Saolta Hospital Group has been promoting a plan to close maternity and A&E services in Portiuncula Hospital and relocate them to a new hospital on the grounds of Merlin Park in Galway, Denis Naughten has revealed. “Such a plan ignores …

121 people have cancer diagnosis delayed with devastating implications – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

A delayed cancer diagnosis could be facing 121 people, with potentially devastating implications for their survival, because the HSE is refusing to fund an innovative rapid urology model developed at Roscommon Hospital, states Denis Naughten.   “Approximately 1,350 patients of the 9,000 long waiting list for urology are passing blood and urgently need to be assessed by a consultant. But …

Clamping cars in hospital carparks is immoral – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Pay & display parking must be banned at hospitals   The pay & display car parking and clamping policy at hospitals like James Connolly in Blanchardstown & Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, must be urgently reviewed as patients are being forced to rush out of A&E in fear of being clamped, says Denis Naughten. “While I believe that patients, carers and next …

€500,000 for redevelopment of Rosalie Unit – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by Minister Jim Daly that the HSE intends to spend €500,000 on the redevelopment of the Rosalie Unit to cater for new mental health services. “While any investment in mental health services is very welcome, I again reiterated to Minister Daly my disgust with the way the former residents of the Rosalie Unit …

Naughten welcomes funding for Convent grounds in Roscommon Town

In Families, Health, Infrastructure, Mid-Roscommon, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €136,484 to begin the process of redeveloping the Convent grounds in Roscommon Town. This is an ambitious project spearheaded by Roscommon County Council in cooperation with the trustees of the sports complex and grounds which will see the redevelopment of lands to facilitate many sporting organisations throughout County Roscommon. “While we …

Naughten seeks opening of beds in Portiuncula and Roscommon Hospitals

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has contacted the Minister for Health seeking his urgent intervention to fully open 29 beds to help alleviate the current crisis in the Emergency Department of Portiuncula Hospital. Denis Naughten has requested that Minister Harris ensure that the staffing is provided to open two 5 day wards so that they operate on a 7 day basis …