Speaking in Roscommon Sinn Féin bye-election candidate Cllr Martin Kenny said there was deep shock and anger in Roscommon at the prospect that the government may be considering closing the 24 hour service at the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
He called on the government to abandon any such plans and challenged the other bye-election candidates to make a commitment to restore services at Roscommon A&E.
Leitrim candidate in the upcmoming bye-election, Martin Kenny said, “It is clear that health services across the state are at breaking point as a result of the cuts introduced by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil before them.
“The people of this region are being asked to live with second class public services and to travel long distance on poor roads to access emergency medical services.
“The news that the government may be considering closing the 24 hour service at the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has been greeted with shock and anger in Roscommon.
“When the A&E was closed at Roscommon General Hospital many people were forced to go to Portiuncula Hospital as the nearest A&E. If the removal of 24 hour A&E services from Portiuncula goes ahead people will be forced to go all the way to Galway.
“This would be totally unacceptable and any such plan should be dropped immediately.
“We need to defend our public services, work to restore services that have been withdrawn and work to build a better health system equally accessible to all. That is what I will do if elected as a TD for Roscommon South Leitrim.”