New ambulance base in Tuam exposes need for West Roscommon

In Health, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has called for immediate action to address the lack of proper ambulance cover in West Roscommon, pointing out that it is now the only area in the West of Ireland which is an ambulance blackspot. While welcoming the commencement of construction of the ambulance base in Tuam, which will service areas of west Roscommon like Cloonfad …

Shame as cancer and heart patients to pay for Portiuncula underfunding

In Health, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has described the decision by the HSE to force the closure of the chemotherapy and warfarin clinics at Portiuncula Hospital to subsidise underfunding at the hospital as “shameful”. “Under a new ‘cost saving’ plan, cancer patients will now have to face the war zone which is University Hospital Galway to receive treatment. So as well as …

Bowel cancer screening programme for Roscommon postponed – Naughten

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The bowel cancer screening programme due to commence next January and which included Roscommon County Hospital as a centre for the service has been postponed for at least six months, local TD Denis Naughten has stated. “Last July when the Government closed our A&E we were promised that Roscommon County Hospital would become a centre of excellence for bowel cancer …

Bad maths leaves 1,100 older people waiting for nursing home bed – Naughten

In Health, Older People by Denis Naughten

Failure by the HSE and the Department of Health to properly project the demand for nursing home places has lead to a situation where the 1,700 additional places announced last June were taken up within 14 days. The situation has been highlighted by Denis Naughten TD who pointed out: “This gross miscalculation has now resulted in 1,100 older people, many …

One additional paramedic not good enough – Naughten

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The disclosure by the HSE that only one additional advanced paramedic has been appointed to the ambulance service following the closure of the A&E department at Roscommon County Hospital has been described as totally unacceptable by Denis Naughten TD. “At the time of the closure of Roscommon County Hospital both the HSE and Department of Health gave clear commitments to …

Naughten raises concern over Portiuncula A&E cuts

In Health, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Cuts of €1 million per month to the budget of the A&E department at Portiuncula Hospital will have serious implications for those relying on the hospital, Denis Naughten TD has stated. The budget for the hospital’s A&E unit will now be cut from €3.92m per month to €2.93m – a reduction of €1m a month. “The closure of the accident …

Government must provide clear timetable on Hospital investment– Naughten

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

25th July 2011 Local TD, Denis Naughten is calling on the Government to provide a clear timetable for their proposed investment at Roscommon County Hospital. Responding to questions from Deputy Naughten at the Dáil Health Committee last week, Minister James Reilly said “The future of Roscommon is a priority for me and this Government and I want it to be …

Concern raised by Ambulance transfers from Roscommon – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

But Minister commits to independent assessment of medical research 21 July 2011 Denis Naughten TD has expressed serious concern regarding the failure to provide adequate and appropriate emergency ambulance service to the people of County Roscommon. However, Denis Naughten has been given a commitment by the Health Minister, to have an independent evaluation of the medical evidence which it is …

Naughten meets with Health Minister regarding Roscommon A&E

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has met with Health Minister James Reilly regarding the serious threat that presently hangs over the A&E department at Roscommon County Hospital. At the meeting Deputy Naughten expressed his deep concern regarding proposals to reduce the opening hours of the A&E department and outlined the anger felt from the local community served by Roscommon County Hospital. …