Michael Fitzmaurice TD is seeking clarification on the future management of the Monksland Primary Care Centre following speculation that it could be moved from the Galway/Roscommon/Mayo Community Health Organisation, known as CHO2 to CHO8, which covers Westmeath and many counties in north Leinster.
The Roscommon Galway Independent TD commented “Prior to the election many politicians gave commitments that services in Roscommon would stay in Roscommon. Now, we have good reason to believe that there are talks ongoing within the HSE to change the management of a significant health service resource within the county. Unless the HSE can give very good reasons for making this change, that will positively impact the service being delivered to patients or yield significant improvements in efficiencies then there is no reason to make this change other than for it to be a paper exercise to waste more time and resources.”
“I have been contacted by concerned individuals from the greater south Roscommon area who want clarity from the HSE on this matter. They want to know what it will mean for them and how they access services. Particularly, carers and elderly people deserve to have this clarified as they need to put plans in place if there are any changes.”
“I have sought clarity from the HSE on what their plans are for the Primary Care Centre in Monksland and asked them to strongly consider the implications of any changes that would affect how service users access the service. Calls are being made for Minister Naughten to stand by his pre-election promise and ensure that the services available to people in south Roscommon remain intact and under their current management structure, and that no-one will be negatively impacted should the HSE pursue such a change” concluded Michael Fitzmaurice.