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Thursday 14 December 2017

Inspectors never visited Roscommon before shutdown

HIQA inspectors didn’t visit Roscommon County Hospital before it was downgraded this week.

The Coalition had claimed that the decision to close the A and E there was made because inspection body HIQA had deemed it to be unsafe.

But it confirmed today that it never conducted a stand-alone report on Roscommon, but drew its conclusions from the appendix on the report into Cork’s Mallow Hospital.

And the figures on the mortality rate at Roscommon Hospital have also been thrown into doubt.

Minster for Health James Reilly claimed the mortality rate of 21pc to back up the assertion that the hospital was not safe.

Dr Pat McHugh, who established cardiac care at Roscommon in the 1970s, claims that the figure is not correct.

He claimed: "There's scaremongering going on out there that we have been unsafe."

"I've been deeply hurt by the Minister's revelations that there was a 21pc mortality in cardiac patients. The actual figure is 5pc

‘‘It's as good as anywhere else."

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