TO say that an out-of-hours emergency skeleton service for Roscommon to treat critically ill patients is comparable to a fully equipped hospital that is already available in the area is outrageous.
I worked as a medical doctor on the wards and in the A&E at Roscommon County Hospital under the guidance of excellent consultant medical physicians.
We managed acute emergencies every day and every night.
I am appalled at the closure of the A&E services from 8pm to 8am, a service that is a lifeline to the people of Roscommon and surrounding areas.
To say that patients will receive the same standards of care as before, as they endure a two- to three-hour journey (depending on weather, traffic and where they are coming from in the catchment area) to Galway is an outright lie.
I wonder who will take the blame for any deaths or consequences to patients' health that might occur from this appalling downgrade?
Dr Cliodhna Donnelly