Cold comfort for the North West.
Sligo News File.
Is there a hope of Sligo being provided with a new garda station anytime soon? From accounts, it does not seem likely. Sligo also continues to be sidelined for the long-promised permanent cath lab.
Some say the multi-million overrun for the €2 billion children’s hospital in Dublin has drained the State of funding which could have been dipped into for projects in the North West.
As of now, local TDs do not, at any rate, appear able to get things moving on either the CAT lab or the garda station.
Marc MacSharry, whose Fianna Fail party is keeping the Fine Gael-led government in power has said he is disappointed that despite the purchase of a site and the chronic conditions officers are expected to work in at the current garda headquarters, “no timeline could be provided for the delivery of the new station in Sligo.
“The need for additional capacity at Tubbercurry is also being ignored,” he said.
Referencing the CAT lab, he said the Minister for Health “could not detail when or even if Sligo General Hospital will receive approval for a permanent CAT lab.”
Waterford, he said, has received funding approval for an additional CAT lab while the people of the North West continue to be ignored.
“At the moment patients suffering a cardiac arrest are forced to travel to Galway despite the fact that best practice dictates that these people need to be admitted to hospital within a 90-minute window if they are to get the best outcome.”
Sligo-Leitrim has four Dail deputies: MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon, Fianna Fail, Tony McLoughlin, Fine Gael and Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein.
One welcome bit of good news via Scanlon is that a new GP will be moving into Carrigallen in May. Until then the community will be served by a locum practitioner.