Fitzmaurice: ‘I’m active on health!’

TD hits back at Doherty over his health record

Michael Fitzmaurice, the Independent TD, has hit back strongly at Cllr. Rachel Doherty, of Fianna Fáil, in a clash over the health service.

  Speaking at last month’s Roscommon County Council meeting at Lecarrow, Cllr. Doherty called on Deputy Fitzmaurice to put health on top of his agenda.

  Referring to his decision not to support the current Government over a turf-cutting issue, she said: “There are bogs and there will always be bogs, but health is priority for the people of this constituency.”

  But Deputy Fitzmaurice said that her allegations – that he had not been active in highlighting health issues in the constituency – were untrue.

  “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

  “I have actively pursued the issue of the ambulance base for west Roscommon on a consistent basis since being elected.”

  He said that he had issued Parliamentary Questions to Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, on the matter and that he had repeatedly called for increased hours for the air ambulance service, based in Athone.

  He said that he had also called for improved services at Roscommon Unversity Hospital and the Sacred Heart Hospital.

  He also said that he had made “constant demands to address the chronic situation with regard to our mental health services”.

  “May I remind Cllr. Doherty that it is her party who are propping up the Fine Gael-led Government who closed Roscommon’s Accident & Emergency Department, and that I am the only opposition spokesman in this constituency at the moment,” Deputy Fitzmaurice added.