Tuesday, 12 February 2013
I expected nothing from the Department other than the response given by the Minister of State, because it appears it has a total reluctance to revisit the issue which is so important to the people of Roscommon, bearing in mind Roscommon County Hospital was always considered by virtue of the county's rural nature to be a special case. I also note that in his response the Minister of State said a stabilisation unit was debatable. This means it is unclear and that the Department does not know whether it is the right or wrong thing to do, no more than 45 years ago when the Government thought if we took up our train tracks we would never need them again but now we are putting them back down. The Minister of State said Roscommon County Hospital is leading the way. No matter what is put into Roscommon County Hospital which leads the way, the people of Roscommon want an accident and emergency department. This is all they want. I will not let this issue go and I hope Minister of State will relate this to the Minister, Deputy Reilly.