Deputy Denis Naughten

  • A Roscommon TD has called for immediate action to ensure that the money provided by Dáil Éireann for home help is used to increase hours available to support older people in their homes, not spent on administration.

    Independent TD Denis Naughten raised the matter in the Dail last night and said the decision by the HSE to suspend the allocation to home help hours to older people and their carers for the next five months, contradicts the €140m increase in funding for home help since this Government took office and the all-party Oireachtas Health Committee report, Slainte Care, on the reform of the health service in Ireland.

    He said we now have a situation where Government policy and Dáil Éireann are at complete variance with the policy actions by the HSE and we are told by the Taoiseach that Minister Daly is scrambling to gather the facts and is only set to meet with the HSE managers next week.

    Deputy Naughten says the HSE is completely unaccountable, making up its own policy and this has to put a stop to and the first step should be reversing these cuts immediately.

    He said there is far greater demand for home help hours in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo than anywhere else in the country so any decision to restrict the allocation of home help hours will have a disproportionate impact on local families and older people.

    Deputy Naughten spoke on the matter in the Dail last night.

  • The Government has given the green light to a Bill that would reduce the fees paid by Independent Radio stations on an annual basis.

    At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, Ministers backed the Broadcasting Amendment Bill which allows for the levy to be reduced by up to 50 per cent.

    The Bill will be discussed when the Dáil returns after the summer recess.

    Independent Broadcasters of Ireland have welcomed the government's decision.

    Roscommon Independent TD and former Communications Minister Denis Naughten says when the measure is passed, it will be a huge boost for local radio stations:

  • The Saolta Hospital Group is in the process of holding interviews for additional consultants at Roscommon Hospital.

    Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says this is a result of the investment he secured for the hospital in Budget 2018.

    One of the positions is a new full-time permanent Consultant Physician post with 32 hours per week based at Roscommon Hospital and a further seven hours per week based at Galway University Hospital which allows the consultant to access treatment services at all local hospitals.

    Deputy Naughten says this investment in consultant staff is a very positive development for Roscommon Hospital and will allow for the expansion of local medical services but the important issue now is to secure suitably qualified candidates for the positions.

    This has been a challenge across the HSE in recent years with up to one-third of consultant posts not being filled.

  • A proposal for a second air ambulance is ready to be approved by the Minister for Health.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten, who says this would take pressure off the air ambulance based in Athlone.

    The Independent TD says a second air ambulance based at Cork Airport would allow the Athlone-based service to respond to more emergencies in the West and Midlands.

    The air ambulance was launched in 2012 and has saved countless lives across the country.

    Deputy Naughten says that, with a second air ambulance coming on stream, the dedicated team from the Air Corps and National Ambulance Service in Athlone will be in a position to respond to more emergencies across this region, for people who have to travel well over an hour by road to access a major trauma unit.