Monksland Primary Care Centre ‘could move to Westmeath’

The Health Service Executive is considering moving the Primary Care Centre at Monksland into the Westmeath jurisdiction, Michael Fitzmaurice, the Independent TD, has said.

  At present, the centre falls under the umbrella of the HSE’s Galway/Roscommon/Mayo Community Health Organisation (CHO2), but could be moved to the Laois/Offaly/Longford/Westmeath/Longford/Meath Community Health Organisation (CHO8), he said.

  If this was to happen, it would mean that the Primary Care Centre at Monksland would be under the remit of the same CHO as Westmeath.

  The move would cause anger because of the continuing uncertainty over whether south Roscommon will be moved into Co. Westmeath, a possibility that a boundary review committee are considering.

  “Prior to the election, many politicians gave commitments that services in Roscommon would stay in Roscommon,” Deputy Fitzmaurice said.

  “Now we have good reason to believe that there are talks ongoing within the HSE to change the management of a significant health service resource within the county.”

  Deputy Fitzmaurice said that, unless the HSE could explain otherwise, there was no reason why such a change should be made and that it would be a “paper-exercise to waste more time and resources”.

  He said that he had been contacted by concerned individuals from the greater south Roscommon area who wanted clarity on the matter.

  “They want to know what it will mean for them and how they access services. It is unacceptable that people should have to be concerned about a matter such as this,” Deputy Fitzmaurice said.

  “This change simply should not go ahead.”

  He also expressed opposition to any changes that would affect how service users access services.

  He also said that he would raise the matter with Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, and Denis Naughten, the local TD and government minister.

  “I call for Minister Naughten to stand by his pre-election promise and ensure that the services available to people in south Roscommon remain intact and under their current management structure,” Deputy Fitzmaurice said.

  The HSE did not respond for requests for comment on the matter.