Fairer distribution of patients and procedures required

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The appointment of a Chief Executive for the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group has been welcomed this week by Paul Connaughton T.D., who said that the move is welcome provided that it results in a fairer distribution of patients and procedures among the four hospitals in the Group, otherwise it is simply another useless layer of bureaucracy.

“The appointment of Bill Maher as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group is welcome. Mr. Maher’s job is to manage the hospitals and give support to existing management. While I welcome the extra support being given to Managers, I will be looking for a meeting with Mr. Maher as soon as possible after he takes up the new post in January, to impress upon him the importance of Roscommon and Portiuncula in relation to the Hospital Group.

“The success of Mr. Maher’s appointment will be measured in terms of the distribution of procedures and functions among all four hospitals in the group. If change is not brought about quickly, then this appointment will simply represent another useless layer of bureaucracy in the health system.

“The role of Roscommon and Portiuncula in the configuration of services within the Hospital Group is essential. At the moment Roscommon Hospital is being starved of patients as a result of the A&E closure, while hospitals such as University Hospital Galway cannot cope with the patient numbers coming through its A&E. Fairer distribution of patients and procedures is a key element and this is a matter that I will be taking up with Mr. Maher at the first available opportunity.”