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Funchion expresses outrage at the restriction of Paediatric Diabetes Services in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

9 July, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion has today expressed her outrage at a letter received by parents of children attending a Paediatric Diabetes Clinic in St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny outlining a number of severe measures to restrict the service due to a lack of funding and resource allocation.

Deputy Funchion said today:

“This is not fair on the children and their parents trying to manage with this serious condition. They deserve more than what will now be essentially a skeleton service.

“To only have telephone access to a nurse two hours a week is disgraceful and will almost certainly result in parents being forced to make unnecessary trips to already overcrowded and underfunded A&E Departments.

“I have written to the hospital and the Minister and hope to raise this issue in the Dáil next week. Adequate funding should be made available for this vital service. The repercussions of the lack of advice, education and resources these children and their families will now receive will follow them on into adulthood and will severely impact on their quality of life.

“The government need to step up and recognise that the children of this country deserve proper, accessible healthcare not overworked, underfunded skeleton services.” 

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