Cllr. Laurence Fallon has this week questioned the HSE’s Regional Director of Operations on the failure of the HSE to acquire adequate numbers of junior doctors.
Referring to the current threat to A&E services at Roscommon County Hospital, Cllr. Fallon highlighted the fact that the level of activity in the hospital is currently very high.
“Last night (Monday) alone 18 people attended A&E between 8 pm and 8 am and seven of those were retained in A&E for admission today, something that couldn’t be done last night due to a shortage of beds.
“The reality is that if Roscommon Hospital’s A&E department hadn’t been available these people would have been faced with going to an already overcrowded Galway or Portiuncula Hospital. It is impossible to see how the stepping down of services in Roscommon Hospital can be justified on that basis. In the current situation it is just not acceptable to reduce services at Roscommon A&E.”
Referring to comments by Health Correspondent Sara Burke on Five Seven Live last week, Cllr. Fallon questioned John Hennessy whether – as stated – it is correct that all consultants have signed up to the reconfiguration of small hospitals and A&Es in the country.
Cllr. Fallon also questioned why all appointments currently made to the Roscommon-Galway Hospital Group are made on a group basis rather than to an individual hospital, except in the case of junior doctors. He also queried as to whether Mr. Hennessy accepted the principle of rotation whereby a shortage in one hospital could be alleviated by transferring staff from another.