Fight on hospital must continue – Feighan

The fight to maintain services at Roscommon County Hospital must continue, according to Deputy Frank Feighan. ‘The democratic process seems at times to be rendered powerless by the dereliction of decision-making to bodies such as the HSE by the present Government,’ said the Fine Gael Deputy. ‘Government local representatives think vague assurances and terms such as ‘government policy’ will somehow comfort us. The performance of the HSE to date does not inspire any confidence that it can be trusted to look after the health needs of the ordinary people on a day to day basis. ‘Centres of excellence for cancer care at one level should not mislead the people of our county in terms of the need to maintain on the ground services in A&E, where time is of the essence and all such services which are presently available at our County Hospital. ‘I again reiterate my call that a centre of excellence in cancer care be sited in Sligo to serve the catchment area of Roscommon and Leitrim and that vast geographical area in North West. The fears of those along with whom I was proud to march on Saturday are well founded,’ concluded Deputy Feighan.