Closure signals start of erosion of health services

Sinn Fein councillor, Martin Kenny, maintains that the closure of the A&E service in Roscommon signals the start of the further erosion of health services across the country.

Sinn Fein councillor, Martin Kenny, maintains that the closure of the A&E service in Roscommon signals the start of the further erosion of health services across the country.

Cllr Kenny said that while he felt the Taoiseach should not apologise for promising to keep the A&E service open he should apologise for breaking his promise.

“The Hospital has met the requirements for Junior Doctors set out by HIQA. They have answered those problems and the figures for 20 percent mortality rates in cardiac cases in Roscommon have been blown out of the water in the last few days,” argued Cllr Kenny.

“This isn’t about the service in Roscommon, it’s about the whole erosion of the health services. They (the Government) are applying the principles of the IMF and the ECB bailout to the health service and that’s not acceptable.

Cllr Kenny was one of 40 people who joined in a peaceful protest at Carrick-on-Shannon’s bridge over the Shannon River on Friday evening last to highlight “this appalling decision to close Roscommon A&E. He said that the fight to restore services would continue and pointed out that thousands of people had already been out in a show of support at similar protests in Dublin and Roscommon over the past week.

“We in Sinn Fein are calling on the Taoiseach to do as he originally promised, to keep the A&E department open in Roscommon. That’s what matters,” he said.