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Decision to close Rosalie Unit ‘absolutely scandalous’

Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice, has described the decision by the HSE to close the Rosalie Unit as “absolutely scandalous”.

He has called on all elected representatives in Co. Roscommon to band together and fight this decision in unison, regardless of any party affiliations.

Family members of residents in the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea were informed this morning that the Rosalie Unit will “cease to function as a community psychiatric unit” following a review of clinical assessments carried out by Dr James Anderson.

Reacting to the developments, Fitzmaurice said: “As I had flagged recently, the HSE is determined to close the Rosalie Unit – despite objections from residents and family members alike. This is absolutely scandalous.

“All of the politicians in Co. Roscommon now have a choice to make; everyone must stand side by side with the residents and their families.

“I am throwing down the gauntlet to all politicians to vote against this Government at every possible opportunity until this decision is overturned.

“Elected representatives who support this Government, either directly or through the confidence and supply agreement, must now make a choice. Do they support these people or do they turn a blind eye due to party politics?

“The care that the residents of the Rosalie Unit have received from staff has been second to none and their family members have stated that they are happy there and do not wish to be moved.

“The residents consider the Rosalie Unit to be there home. Moving them away to a different environment would result in considerable emotional distress.

“All politicians must follow through on commitments they made to fight to keep the Rosalie Unit open. The time for talking has passed; it is now a time for action,” Fitzmaurice concluded.

Michael Fitzmaurice TD – 0861914565