Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil he’ll be ‘dead and buried’ before a new hospital is built at Merlin Park.
Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish raised the potential establishment of a Minor Injuries Unit at Merlin Park with Tanaiste Simon Coveney.
He says there are already 11 such units nationwide – and they’re crucial in relieving pressure at busy emergency departments.
However, Deputy Grealish pointed out that Galway is the only urban area in the entire country that doesn’t have a Minor Injuries Unit.
He described it as a ‘no-brainer’ and also noted that the Taoiseach had previously welcomed the proposal in the Dáil.
The Tanaiste offered that appraisals are underway on a possible new hospital at Merlin Park – but there are no plans for a Minor Injuries Unit.
Independent Deputy Grealish wasn’t impressed – and said a commitment is needed because Galway cannot wait.
However, Tanaiste Simon Coveney says no commitments can be given while an appraisal on the future of Galway’s hospitals is underway.
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