Sunday 17 December 2017

Closure of A&E a real no-brainer

Sir -- In his article last Sunday titled 'Citizens' brainwaves to help slash public sector waste', John Drennan has a paragraph which reads: "In spite of the recent furore over the closure of Roscommon's A&E unit, public support was also highly in favour of the abolition of non-essential services in hospitals."

Is there any service more essential than a 24/7 accident & emergency? If Mr Drennan lived over 100km from such A&E services with a lengthy wait for an ambulance likely, I would suggest that such a line would be very difficult for him to write with complete sincerity. In such a scenario, he might even start or join in a furore of his own?

Padraic Deane,

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