The HSE has confirmed that no Trauma patients are now being accepted at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

From the start of April, a major trauma bypass protocol has been in place in relation to Portiuncla, which means that trauma patients are being brought directly to University Hospital Galway or Tullamore Hospital.

Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy claims this is a downgrading of Portiuncla Hospital, and says that when the A & E unit in Roscommon was closed, a commitment was given that Portiuncla would be the local emergency hospital for trauma cases.

Deputy Murphy says this recent decision also puts further pressure on ambulance services in Roscommon in relation to turnaround times....

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