New consultants appointed

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The appointment of three new consultants for hospitals in counties Galway and Roscommon was welcomed this week by Deputy Paul Connaughton, who said that he wants to see a clear plan drawn in the new year to detail how the new arrangement will work for all four hospitals in the group, including Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and Roscommon County Hospital.

The new appointments are Mr. Eddie Myers is a consultant colorectal surgeon; Mr. Chris Collins a consultant general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon and David Breen, a consultant respiratory and general physician, who has been appointed as the lead physician for lung cancer services.

The Galway East Fine Gael TD said, “These new appointments are very welcome, but it is now imperative that a plan is drawn up for the delivery of services in all four hospitals and that this service delivery is adequately resourced. Clear structures and a better division of labour among the four hospitals are hugely important and these will be a top priority for 2012,” concluded Deputy Connaughton