Letterkenny hospital in crisis – Ó Caoláin
Senior Doctors in Letterkenny Hospital have expressed major concerns about the hospital's ability to allow them to do their jobs. Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is deeply concerned as one consultant urologist has resigned and another consultant has said that he feels his resignation will be forced.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“This gives the lie to Minister Varadkar's assertions that all is well and that we are doing more with less in our health service. Due to continual cutbacks it appears that Letterkenny Hospital is dysfunctional at present. This is likely to become more so if senior staff are leaving.”
“On the one hand we have reports that there are attempts to shut down breast cancer services in Co Donegal and on the other we have Mr Kevin Moran resigning because he feels he is no longer being provided with the proper resources to treat patients. He cited problems with a lack of beds, lack of access to operating theatres and the fact that his urgent appointment waiting list stretches to one year and four months.”
“The Minister needs to understand that cutbacks across the health system have fed into a vicious cycle causing the loss of valuable staff. These cuts will prove much more costly in the long run.”