Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has called on the Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly to clarify the figures he has quoted in relation to the mortality rates in relation to coronary cases as Roscommon Hospital.

Deputy Kelleher said: “there is extreme annoyance in the community in Roscommon about the mortality rate of 21% quoted by the Minister and used as part of the Government’s defence to close the A&E unit at Roscommon County Hospital.  A senior doctor at the hospital has quoted a figure of 5% today in relation to the mortality rate from coronary cases.”

“The Government has completely mid-handled the Roscommon hospital issue.  The Taoiseach has insulted the people of Roscommon and refused to apologise to them for his party’s deception over the issue during the general election campaign.

“The hurt felt in Roscommon is further comfounded by the figures being quoted by Minister Reilly.  I am calling on the Minister to immediately clarify this issue and release the details of the figures he is using, explain how they were collated and what periods they reference.

“The Minister and the Taoiseach has refused to acknowledge the false promises they made to the people of Roscommon and both James Reilly and Enda Kenny owe the people of Roscommon and full and frank explanation,” concluded Deputy Kelleher.