Feighan stands by decision and will not resign

Fine Gael Deputy, Frank Feighan has stood by his decision to vote with the Government on the closure of the A&E Department stating that although he considered the most recent HIQA reports - the most recently only published in April this year - he had to take on board the words of HIQA CEO, Tracey Cooper three weeks ago.

Fine Gael Deputy, Frank Feighan has stood by his decision to vote with the Government on the closure of the A&E Department stating that although he considered the most recent HIQA reports - the most recently only published in April this year - he had to take on board the words of HIQA CEO, Tracey Cooper three weeks ago.

Fine Gael Deputy, Frank Feighan has stood by his decision to vote with the Government on the closure of the A&E Department stating that although he considered the most recent HIQA reports - the most recently only published in April this year - he had to take on board the words of HIQA CEO, Tracey Cooper three weeks ago.

She stated that regardless of the number of doctors or consultants appointed to Roscommon Hospital A&E, there simply wasn’t enough patients passing through the unit to maintain a basic level of skills.

“I could not in conscience discount the words of Ms Cooper. It was clear after our meeting with her three weeks ago that she, head of an independent health assessment organisation, felt that patient safety would be an issue because there simply wasn’t the throughput of patients required to maintain the skills of the junior doctors working there and that was what I based my decision on,” he told the Leitrim Observer.

The Roscommon/South Leitrim Deputy met with Minister for Health Dr James Reilly and consultants from Roscommon Hospital this week to discuss the future direction and growth of the hospital.

The news comes just days after protesters picketed his office in Boyle calling for his resignation.

However Deputy Feighan said that he felt that he could do much more to represent the future of Roscommon Hospital from within the Government and he felt that the hospital had a very positive role to play in health care.

“I will not be resigning,” he said.