On Wednesday evening I said that it is quite unbelievable that it has taken the Government so long to admit that the A and E service at University Hospital in Galway is not fit for purpose. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny made that admission at Leaders Questions in the Dail on Wednesday. Politicians in the West like myself have been saying for years that the A and E service in the region and at University Hospital in Galway in particular, is not adequate and it has taken this long …for the Government to finally admit it. The staff are working under incredible pressure and are doing a great job but, a new A and E unit is needed without delay. But the Taoiseach was not able to give anyone a date when a new unit might be provided and if it takes as long for the new facilities to be provided as it did for the Government to admit there was a problem in the first place, then it could be 10 years before we see any change. The people of Galway and Roscommon deserve better, and the Government have once again neglected the people of the western region on this issue.
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