Crosby calls for A&E to be reopened

Any strike action by the Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) would have stark consequences for members of the public, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Tom Crosby has warned.

Cllr Crosby also called for the reopening of Roscommon A&E Unit as a measure that would take pressure off other hospitals.

Asserting that the health service is presently “in crisis”, Cllr Crosby said industrial action would add “even further chaos in a clearly already unworkable situation”.

Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, Councillor Crosby said that the current trolley problem was not just a local issue, but “a state of emergency, which as of last Sunday, saw a total of 209 people on trolleys or chairs waiting for a bed in acute hospitals across the country, many of them waiting over 24 hours for same”.

Councillor Crosby continued: “This week, the HSE visited all acute hospitals to provide practical support in the midst of mounting pressure. It’s quite clear that the country is in a crisis situation, with greater demand on medicines for respiratory illness and pharmacies even running low of stock.

“The closure of Roscommon A&E is a decision that should never have been made, and it should be reopened immediately to access all possible resources and help take pressure off other hospitals at this time,” he concluded.