Emergency cuts must run deep if patients are to benefit

Research would seem to show that specialised emergency departments are the way forward - despite criticism over proposed unit closures

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
25th June, 2011

News that hospitals in Roscommon and Loughlinstown are to lose their 24-hour emergency departments elicited the usual media storm and parish pump politics.

Fine Gael TDs spoke out to appease their constituents while Sinn Féin described the plans as ‘‘ill-conceived’’.

Roscommon Hospital Action Committee threatened to take a case in the Irish or European courts if the government pressed ahead with the closure of the local emergency department, while...

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