“THREE years ago in a fanfare of hype and typical Fine Gael spin, the people in Mountmellick were informed by leaflet that a new €23.7 million state-of-the-art 130-bed extension would be added to St Vincent’s Hospital in the town. The leaflet told locals that ‘Fine Gael has a long-term plan to keep the recovery going’.”
So said local Independent election candidate Brian Furlong, who then asked: “So where’s this new hospital? When will we see workers move on site to begin this much-needed facility? Or are we just being played with by the publicity machine of the Fine Gael party, who are all talk and no action.”
Mr Furlong, who is running in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district said: “For the past three years we have been led to believe that the works were to begin shortly, but to date, not even a shovel has been put in the ground or a block laid.
“Publicity stunts and spin about patient care in Laois by this present government and its partners Fianna Fáil is nothing new. All one has to do is to look at the mess and fear caused to the elderly patients who were in both Shaen and Abbeyleix hospitals by those two parties.
“And today, look at the total disrespect and frustration Fine Gael is causing to the people of Laois and to the staff at Portlaoise hospital by their inexcusable delay in announcing what plans they have for the hospital’s future,” said Mr Furlong.
“What needs to happen now is for Fine Gael to stop spending taxpayers’ money on flashy add campaigns and leaflets and instead provide properly resourced and funded hospitals for the people of Laois,” said the Mountmellick man.