Roscommon Hospital Quotes speak for themselves

Gilmore (Labour Party Leader and now Tanaiste)

“The Labour Party policy will be to retain Roscommon hospital and to
retain all of the services,” Mr Gilmore told Shannonside FM in
September 2010. “The Labour Party believes in the importance of the
local hospital. Keeping hospital services close to where people are,”
he said. Specifically asked on Shannonside FM if 24-hour Accident
Emergency services would be retained, he replied: “That is the Labour
Party policy”.

Enda Kenny

“We are committed to maintaining the services in Roscommon County
Hospital . . . You know down in the Accident and Emergency what it
takes and what needs to be done and what can be done in your local
hospital here and we will protect and defend that. “We are committed
to maintaining services in Roscommon County Hospital”.
. . . I want you and everybody else to get out there now and defend
what we have in Roscommon-South Leitrim and see that Naughten and
Feighan are sent back to Dáil Éireann with an even stronger mandate
than they had the last time.”
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

James Reilly

From Dail motion in October last.

“suspend the loss of front-line health services and capacity at
hospitals, for example, at Clonmel, Merlin Park, Nenagh, Roscommon,
Navan, Sligo, Letterkenny, Portiuncula, Wexford, Monaghan, Ennis and
Louth county”.

Reilly
Irish Times February 2011
When asked if he would continue with HSE plans to reconfigure hospital
services that would see the withdrawal of some acute services from
local hospitals, Dr Reilly said: “No. The service needs a full review
so that the guiding principle of treating patients at the lowest level
of complexity in a timely, safe and efficient fashion and as near to
home as possible is adhered to”.

Jan O’Sullivan

“We will stop the process of reconfiguration for complete review
because at present services are being taken away from smaller
hospitals and patients are being forced into centralised services that
haven’t been given the resources to look after them. This cannot and
will not continue,”

John Perry
“Dr Reilly will be the next minister for health. Enda Kenny will be
the next Taoiseach. Having spoken to both of them . . . It was stated
quite categorically in Government, there is no ambiguity whatever
about this, none whatever, the services. . . that were removed from
Sligo General Hospital will be returned . . . I certainly will resign
from Fine Gael if that commitment is not honoured.
– Minister of State for Small Business John Perry

Reilly Aris in a cracker

Dr James wrote a letter, beginning “Dear people of Roscommon . . .”
There was, he said, “a very strong argument that Roscommon and other
local hospitals have the ability to deal with complex medical
conditions and less complex surgery. Safety is not simply about
surgical competencies, but is also about timely access. Time to
treatment, particularly in remote geographical locations, is
absolutely crucial.”
“Fine Gael undertakes, in accordance with the Fine Gael Policy on
Local Hospitals, to retain the Emergency, Surgical, Medical and other
health services at Roscommon Hospital”.

Finally Reilly gets this one right

“ The service needs a full review so that the guiding principle of
treating patients at the lowest level of complexity in a timely, safe
and efficient fashion and as near to home as possible is adhered to.
Minister for Health James Reilly

John Kelly (Labour)
“On the issue of Roscommon County Hospital I have received a personal
commitment from Eamon Gilmore that there will be no downgrading of
services under Labour.”