Fianna Fail in Roscommon Ultimatum
Fianna Fail TD for Roscommon Michael Finneran has threatened not to stand for FF next year if the HSE continues with its plans to downgrade The County Hospital in Roscommon.RTE: “He accused the HSE of going ahead with a plan to downgrade the hospital without approval of the Tánaiste and Minister for Health, Mary Harney.
Roscommon County Hospital was one of the units identified for downgrading in the Hanly report.
And despite a commitment on its future last year from Mr Ahern, the HSE is proposing to withdraw inpatient surgery facilities and formalise a working link with Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.”
Perhaps his ultimatum has something to do with the Fine Gael position. The Roscommon Herald this week reported Denis Naughton TD as stating quite clearly that Fine Gael and Labour are both opposed to the downgrading of Roscommon Hospital.
“Both Labour & Fine Gael believe that the cornerstone to improving our health service is the provision of additional public hospital beds. This will be a key principle in our health proposals. But the HSE plan for Roscommon Hospital does the exact opposite, by reducing the number of acute hospital beds within the health system,” he claimed.
This was after a meeting with Liam Twomey so you can bet your bottom dollar its party policy, interesting though that its put out as a joint position of the prospective government parties.
Finneran got elected to Longford Roscommon in the fourth and last seat with 73 votes to spare over an FF running mate. With Roscommon being redrawn to include South Leitrim one cannot be too careful, especially on an issue so unpopular as hospital closures.