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HSE must staff Galway Osteoporosis service – Ó Clochartaigh

28 May, 2016

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said that it is of grave concern that the future provision of specialist bone density scans at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway is in doubt, saying that these scans are crucial in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said that this was also a source of potential embarrassment for the city given that Galway is due to host the International Society for Clinical Densitometry Annual Meeting in NUI Galway next month.

The Senator from Galway said:

“DXA scans are used to measure the density of bones and are crucial in the process of diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. For the HSE to curtail these services will have a direct and detrimental effect on people’s lives.

“It is also a potential embarrassment for the city that NUIG is due to host the international body of practitioners in the field of measuring bone density in June as services are being closed in Merlin Park. Experts from around the world will come to Galway where they would not be able to find work in a public hospital.

“Local union representatives have expressed serious concerns to me that their employment numbers are being cut to the bone and the recent HSE moratorium is only going to make things worse. Enda Kenny seems content to make Seanad nominees of former Fine Gael TDs from the West, but he looks less willing to ensure the people have sufficient healthcare.” 

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