A series of protests are scheduled to take place both at Leinster House, Dublin today (Wednesday, July 6) and across County Roscommon on Friday.
The protests are being held in anticipation of a Dail vote which will be cast later this evening. The vote will determine the future of Roscommon County Hospital and in particular its Accident and Emergency Services.
The A&E services at Roscommon County Hospital currently operate to at 24 / 7 schedule. The HSE has confirmed to the Leader that it is reassessing this service.
“HIQA’s concerns regarding patient safety together with the NCHD shortage means there will be changes to how services are being delivered at Roscommon County Hospital, including in the Emergency Department. There are a number of proposals under consideration as part of an ongoing planning process in conjunction with hospital staff, local GPs and the ambulance service,” said a spokesperson for the HSE.
In response the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee is calling on all families and residents in County Roscommon to support the protests at Leinster House on Friday.
Longford County Councillor Peggy Nolan (FG) has stated her support for the action and pointed out the impact that changes at Roscommon County Hospital will have on Longford people.
“People should be very very aware that there are a lot of Longford patients sent to Roscommon County Hospital,” she said in speaking to the Leader earlier this week.
“I encourage Longford people to be aware and to support the campaign in County Roscommon.”
A bus will leave for Dublin from Rooskey car park at 2pm, Scramogue at 2.30pm and Tarmonbarry at 3pm. The Hospital Action Committee is appealing for all families in the general area to be represented. For further information and booking contact Cllr Tom Crosby at 086 6005530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Eugene Murphy on 086-2507590. The cost of travel is 10 euro return.
On Friday this week, July 8, a protest will be held at various bridges that cross the River Shannon in to Roscommon, including the ones at Tarmonbarry and Lanesboro.
The committee, however, stress that they do not intend to disrupt traffic.
Updates on the campaign are available on a blog at www.SaveRoscommonHospital.com, on Twitter.com/SaveRosHospital or on Facebook at Save Ros Hospital.