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Clarity needed on Recruitment of Pancreatic Transplant Surgeon in Beaumont Hospital –Councillor Denise Mitchell

5 January, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell

Beaumont Donaghmede Councillor Denise Mitchell and General Election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar needs to clarify the exact situation with the Pancreatic Transplant Unit in Beaumont Hospital.

Speaking from Beaumont today she said,

“I have been very concerned for some time about the closure of the Pancreatic Transplant unit in Beaumont hospital.

No transplants took place in 2015 despite there being three patients awaiting pancreas transplants and four patients awaiting pancreas and kidney transplants.

Hospital Chiefs in Beaumont Hospital said that the Pancreatic Transplant Programme would restart in September 2015 but this did not happen.”

She further added,

“We have now been advised that surgery would commence in the coming weeks but the Minister has not announced who has been recruited to carry out the procedures after the retirement of Programme Founder Doctor David Hickey.

Minister Varadkar needs to be very clear to patients when they can expect to be seen and treated.

His previous commitments in relation to pancreatic transplants have not materialised so at present it is no surprise that patients have very little faith in him.”

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