The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee is predicting a further backlash against Fine Gael in the wake of the decision to cease A&E services at the hospital from last Monday.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer Chairperson of the Committee, John McDermott, said that they expected more Fine Gael Roscommon County Councillors to resign in the coming days as a result of Monday’s closures and hinted there may even be a vote of no confidence in the Minister For Health, Dr James Reilly at today’s Dail session.
Mr McDermott said the HAC had provided Senator Professor John Crown with the figures for coronary mortality rates quoted by the Minister last week for Roscommon and Senator Crown had publically disputed the results given by Minister Reilly. “Senator Crown said that the figures for Roscommon were the same or even better than those given for Galway’s hospital,” pointed out Mr McDermott “and he will be raising the issue again in the Seanad. We believe that there could be a vote of no confidence in the Minister (today, Wednesday) for misleading the Dail as a result”.
He also warned the Taoiseach that it didn’t matter when the next general election became a reality Roscommon Hospital would be the issue at the top of the agenda .
“I think the last few days have shown that no matter what political persuasion people have they are coming out in support of Roscommon Hospital. People are telling Enda Kenny that he has to honour the commitment he made before the last election. We haven’t forgotten and the fight will continue,” he vowed.
Following on from last week’s protest action, the HAC is already organising another massive protest in Roscommon town this weekend.
The protest has been timed to coincide with the arrival of traffic into the town for the Connacht Football final between Roscommon and Mayo, although Mr McDermott stresses the protesters will not interfere with the football matches.
The HAC are calling on people to gather at the Athlone roundabout at 11am on Sunday, July 17 for the protest and they will then move on to stage the protest on every road entering the town.