HSE refuses to give funds for roll out of Roscommon hospital urology pilot

There are calls for the HSE to explain why funding is being withheld for to roll out a successful urology pilot at Roscommon University hospital nationwide.

Since its launch in December 2018, a total of 540 patients have been seen at the Rapid Access Haematuria Service – with approximately 130 set to be seen in the next 28 days.

75% of the people who presented to the service have been diagnosed, treated and discharged back to the care of their GP in one single visit, while 9% were diagnosed with cancer by a consultant inside 28 days.

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Despite being launched as a Model of Urology Care for all of Ireland in Roscommon in September last, it’s now emerged that an application for the funding to HSE has been rejected.

The Saolta University Group has told Shannonside FM that it will continue to fund the service locally.

Councillor Ivan Connaughton says the HSE needs to give the model its full backing.