Saturday 19 August 2017

Local fury masks depth of malaise in hospitals

The health service is suffering from major and extensive problems, writes Maeve Sheehan

THE voluble Frankie Feighan isn't used to being on the receiving end of fury: he was on celebrity You're A Star, loves Frank Sinatra and his motto is "that's life". This que sera sera philosophy wasn't enough to protect him from the angry mob up from Roscommon to protest outside Leinster House at the downgrading of their local hospital.

Feighan was spat upon, jeered, called a traitor: from his constituents' perspective, it's not hard to see why.

In January, at the election launch of his friend Denis Naughten, he said: "With us, James Reilly and Enda Kenny, the future of Roscommon hospital will be secure because we are telling the truth. If you want to keep the hospital, vote Denis Naughten number one because he will ensure the hospital will be delivered."

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