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Shocking radiographer staff shortages at University Hospital Waterford resulting in major x-ray delays – Cullinane

8 April, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane has said figures released to him by the HSE show a shocking shortage of radiographers at University Hospital Waterford. This unacceptably high shortage is resulting in x-ray delays and cancellations at UHW where GP's are being asked to limit referrals to emergency patients only. 

Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Last week, I was informed of x-ray cancellations at University Hospital Waterford. Local GP's were informed of major staff radiographer staff shortages. They are asked to limit referrals to emergency patients only. The staffing shortage has also affected capacity to manage routine outpatient referrals for Radiology services. 

“I immediately contacted the HSE and received an extraordinary reply. It shows that the total staff complement for radiographers at University Hospital Waterford is 37.2 of which 12.7 posts are unfilled due to recruitment difficulties.  This is a staff complement deficit of 26%. 

“Serious questions need to be answered as to how it got to this sorry state. It is unacceptable that GP referrals are being restricted. X-Rays are a vital tool in detecting illnesses including non-emergency X-rays. 

“Meanwhile, Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil posture on Government formation and the Minister for Health is not making himself available to answer questions and to be held to account. The local Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TD's need to explain to constituents why their play acting is holding such issues to ransom.”

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