Deputy Michael Finneran has sought a meeting with Health Minister Mary Harley to discuss proposed changes at Roscommon County Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital.
Deputy Finneran said, “The preferred option outlined in the document for Services at Roscommon County Hospital are unacceptable to me and are in conflict with the terms of the meeting held in the Minister’s office on the 12th September 2006. I will be requesting the Minister to insist that the Health Service Executive National Hospital Office implement in full the agreement reached at that meeting.
“That agreement which involved a joint Department of Surgery and Anaesthetics between Roscommon and Portiuncula Hospitals with the locating of two general surgeons at each hospital and the appointment of a fifth surgeon specialising in gastro/intestine surgery with the hours to be agreed with both hospitals.
“This position was also endorsed by the consultants of Roscommon County Hospital, while accepting joint Departments of Surgery and Anaesthetics, outlined their total opposition to the downgrading of surgical services at Roscommon County Hospital which they believe would endanger the lives of patients.
“Also the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD, while visiting Roscommon in May 2007 stated that there would be no downgrading of the services at Roscommon County Hospital,” concluded Deputy Finneran.