By Dan Walsh
There is frustration at Wexford General Hospital where it has emerged that €250,000 publicly raised for a state-of-the-art MRI machine two and a half years ago has been ignored by the HSE and is left in the Friends of Wexford General Hospital bank account.
Speaking on local radio earlier this week, Director General of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Paul Reid was aware that a private operator, Alliance Medicine, had installed an MRI machine at the hospital providing scans for private and public patients and outpatients.
Cllr George Lawlor is annoyed at this arrangement. “I’m sure the people of Wexford would be shocked to hear that the MRI machine operating here is not the one that was fundraised for!
“The community of Wexford went out in force to fundraise for this, and it seems that the HSE is happier to line the pockets of a private company than proof the hospital and provide what was promised to the people of this county,” said Cllr Lawlor, who added; “It is an absolute scandal and a slap in the face to the people of Wexford who gave so generously.”