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16 insulin pumps lying unused at Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda

14 May, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has described as “deeply worrying” the revelation that just under €50,000 worth of medical equipment is currently lying unused in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda as a result of the government’s recruitment embargo.

In response to a Parliamentary Question from the Louth TD the HSE revealed that 16 insulin pumps worth €3,000 each are currently lying unused in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital as a result of the recruitment embargo.

Deputy Adams said:

“When I first raised this issue in March the HSE told me there were six unused pumps, it now seems the correct figure is 16. That’s sixteen children with diabetes who are not getting the treatment they deserve because of this government’s policies.

“I have been contacted by a number of parents and children in relation to this issue. One child receives 28 injections per week; this equipment which is lying unused in her local hospital would lead to a huge improvement in her quality of life.

“I am calling on the Minister for Health to lift the embargo in relation to the dietician’s posts in the Lourdes Hospital and ensure that these pumps are made available to the children who need them at the earliest opportunity.” ENDS

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