Moving Monksland Primary Care Centre ‘not a runner’

Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has voiced strong opposition to moving the Primary Care Centre into the Monksland jurisdiction.

  Concerns emerged last week that the centre could be moved into the Laois/Offaly/Longford/Westmeath/Meath Community Health Organisation (CHO8) from the Galway/Roscommon/Mayo one.

  The Health Service Executive confirmed that a review was under way into how community services were delivered locally.

  However, Minister Naughten said that he was completely opposed to change to the Monksland centre.

  “As far as I am concerned, this is not a runner whatsoever,” he said.

  “We have put a huge amount of investment into services in the south of the county to avoid people having to travel to Roscommon town.

  “We have centralised services from other parts of south Roscommon and other health centres into Monksland and, as far as I am concerned, those services have to be provided in the second biggest town in the county.”

  South Roscommon councillors will make their opposition to the proposal known at the meeting of Roscommon County Council on Monday, June 27.

  The HSE said that no decision had been made, but added: “We would like to reassure service users in the area that the outcome will have no effect on the level of service currently being provided.”

  On Wednesday, a HSE source added that they expected that no change would be made after the review was completed.

  “This is a storm in a teacup,” the source added.