A&E Overcrowding, a different perspective

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

It’s time to take a new approach to fixing the overcrowding problem in our emergency departments. Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Is this what we are doing within our health service? The more beds we provide in our hospitals, the more that will be filled. I …

HSE service plan confirms extension of Roscommon Hospital MAU hours – Minister Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the extension of opening hours at the Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon Hospital will be contained in the HSE’s Service Plan for 2018, which is to be published this week Minister Naughten had sought the expansion of the services currently available at Roscommon Hospital to cater for more patients who need to see a …

Naughten confirms Cabinet approval to extend maternity benefit to mothers of premature babies

In Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed the Government has this morning (Tuesday) approved an extension of maternity leave and maternity benefit to mothers of premature babies. The Government approved the measures at its weekly Cabinet meeting as part of discussions on the Social Welfare Bill 2017. “This means a mother of a premature baby is entitled to receive an extra …

Major success for Naughten as he confirms MAU hours to be extended at Roscommon Hospital

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has announced the extension of opening hours at the Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon Hospital in a move that will see increased numbers of patients treated at the hospital while also relieving pressure on surrounding A&E departments. The MAU currently opens from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and Minister Naughten had committed to securing the extended …

Naughten confirms Government extends maternity benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies

In Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten confirms the Government is extending maternity leave and benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies. Under the plan a mother would be entitled to receive an extra period of maternity leave and benefit in addition to the current statutory 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. “The extended period of benefit would be equivalent to the duration between …

Minister Naughten raises concerns over mental health review delays

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that he has raised his concerns at Cabinet over ongoing delays surrounding the publication of the review of the Roscommon Mental Health Services. This follows news that the publication of the review has once again been delayed and is now not expected to be made available to relevant stakeholders until the end of August. …

Denis Naughten launches expansion of Schemes to tackle energy poverty

In Energy, Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Local Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced an expansion of Schemes to combat energy poverty and encourages eligible householders across Roscommon and East Galway to apply. March 6th 2017 Speaking at the Energy Action Fuel Poverty and Climate Action Conference 2017 Minister Naughten said: “Everyone deserves a home they can afford to heat and to …

Prescription charges for medical card holders come into effect Wednesday March 1st

In Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Feb 27th, 2017 Local Cabinet Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the reduction in the prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70 will come into effect tomorrow March 1st following this morning’s Cabinet meeting to copper-fasten the reduced charges in law that were announced in Budget 2017.  “The change will result in savings from tomorrow for many of …

Appointment of child psychologist to be a priority – Minister Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The recruitment of a child psychologist for County Roscommon is to be treated as a priority by the HSE, local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed. Minister Naughten had sought approval of the post to address the growing waiting list of children in the county who are unable to access child psychology services. “The vacant position in Primary Care Psychology in …