Fianna Fail Councillor Orla Leyden condemns the Government's decision to close the A&E Unit at Roscommon County Hospital from 11th July 2011.
Cllr. Leyden said that it is unacceptable that ambulances would pass the doors at Roscommon County Hospital with critical patients in need of urgent care where they are forced to journey on poor roads to already overcrowded hospitals in Galway, Portiuncula, Castlebar and Sligo.
“In Roscommon we are geographically remote from other Accident and Emergency services and must retain the 24/7 A&E unit at Roscommon County Hospital.
“A new state-of-the-art A&E unit was opened at Roscommon County Hospital only six years ago by the then Fianna Fail government.
Cllr. Leyden said that the fact that the people had marched to Leinster House made it clear that the government's decision to “bypass Roscommon and sideline the people of the county by downgrading Roscommon County Hospital by removing our 24/7 A & E services” will not be accepted by the people of Roscommon.
“The community is enraged with the blatant betrayal of commitments by Fine Gael prior to the election to retain and upgrade services at Roscommon County Hospital.”
Cllr. Leyden said that what we need now is 11th hour political intervention from government to reverse their decision to close the 24/7 A&E unit. It can still be done at this late hour.
“The government is betraying the people of Roscommon by cutting off our existing access to 24/ 7Accident and Emergency care and putting lives at risks.”