Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
78. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children her policy on the retention of services at Roscommon Hospital and at Portiuncula Hospital, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25735/10]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): The Government is committed to ensuring the delivery and maintenance of the best quality health service possible and in providing the highest standard of patient care, in an effective and efficient way, within the resources allocated. As part of the HSE plan to develop integrated structures in the HSE West region, a Clinical Director for Acute and Continuing Care has been appointed to Galway University Hospital. This post encompasses the role of the previous General Manager in Galway University Hospital and includes responsibility for Portiuncula and Roscommon Hospitals. This appointment has been made to ensure greater integration of services, to provide additional support to the hospitals concerned and to ensure that safe quality care is delivered.
I am satisfied that these developments will enhance the capacity for collaboration in service provision, provide a more strategic approach to the management of the hospitals and other services concerned and ensure the provision of better and safer services to the people of the region. Portiuncula and Roscommon Hospitals, as part of the new integrated structure, will continue to play an important role in the provision of health services to the populations of East Galway, Roscommon and the other areas which they serve.
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