Local Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden has expressed his shock and anger at the latest news of upcoming health service cutbacks in Roscommon.


In addition to mounting concern about services being scaled back at Roscommon County Hospital, it’s emerged that the HSE Ambulance Service Transport Budget for 2011 has now been expended.


Senator Leyden explained, “The shock announcement made this week will hit cancer and dialysis patients who are dependent on HSE transport them for essential treatment.  The HSE has written to Roscommon County Hospital and Mayo General Hospital to say that the ambulance service will no longer fund any patient services within the Western area from July 1st.


“This news comes amid ongoing concern about cutbacks at Roscommon Hospital and is further evidence of the Fine Gael u-turn on protecting local health services. I find it very difficult to accept that the funding cannot be found to retain these transport services.


 “The HSE is now under the direct political charge of the Minister of Health James Reilly. I am calling on him and his Fine Gael colleagues here in Roscommon, Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan, to find the necessary funding to ensure that this service remains. Their party colleague Minister Leo Varadkar managed to find €1 million to open a train station in his constituency at the weekend, so surely this essential service can be saved.”