DEPUTY Michael Moynihan (FF) has expressed his alarm at the announcement that the accident and emergency dept at Mallow General Hospital is to close.
"It can take as much as 45 minutes to travel between MGH and an emergency room in Cork City or Limerick, it can be the difference between life and death or full versus partial recovery from a stroke, for example," said the Duhallow deputy.
"I previously travelled with a patient from rural North Cork in an ambulance that was headed for CUH but it was diverted to MGH because the ambulance nurse advised that the patient would not survive as far as Cork City. The patient that night was saved, but what will become of such patients in the future?" he asked
"While I welcome the HSE South's commitment to the preservation of MGH, surely a central element of this would be to safeguard the A&E Dept at the hospital ... this is also a crucial element of the care provided by MGH to the widely scattered population of North Cork.
I call on the Government representatives in North Cork to stand up for their constituents and reverse this decision."