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Diabetic Patient waiting 18 months for delivery of insulin pump due to staffing shortage – Kenny

16 January, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Rural and Community Affairs Martin Kenny TD has highlighted the neglect being suffered by diabetic patients in the care of Sligo University Hospital.

Deputy Kenny, who represents Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal, said today that the diabetic dietician in Sligo University Hospital has been seconded to other duties in different parts of the hospital and, as a result, the diabetic clinic is being neglected.

Deputy Kenny said:

“Not only is the diabetic clinic in a glorified shed at the hospital site, but it is also understaffed to a ludicrous degree.

“There is one patient who has been prescribed the use of an insulin pump. The pump has been at the hospital for the last year and a half, but because there is no one to give him the required training in its use, he has not yet been given it.

“I have raised the issue of the dire accommodation in which diabetic patients are seen in Sligo and this new development is just another chapter in the sorry story of the deterioration of Irish health service under this government and its partners in Fianna Fáil.” 

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