HAC slam breaking of pre-election promises

The closure of Ennis Hospital’s casualty unit has implications for Roscommon Hospital, according to Roscommon Hospital Action Committee.  ‘The Government is breaking a pre-election promise guaranteeing the future of Ennis Hospital, and now plans to close Clare’s sole hospital casualty unit in Ennis,’ said Úna Ní Chúinn in a statement to Roscommon People that was issued earlier this week. ‘People need to understand what ‘centralising’ these hospital services means. All hospital night beds are to close, and all inpatient services axed. Instead of A&E, Ennis will have a nurse, 8 to 8, Monday to Friday, just for minor injuries. ‘Roscommon is one of the 23 Hospitals that Mary Harney has on her list and thus this cutback could visit Roscommon too. ‘Replacing inpatient A&E with an outpatient nursing station is a lethal formula. The Clare Hospital Group has anticipated that this cost cutting measure will result in the needless deaths of 20 people every year. Reducing services at local A&E units in favour of building medical empires at larger hospitals is not the best way to service the people of Roscommon,’ said Ms. Quinn.