December 3, 2023

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Well being, David Cullinane TD, has known as on the Minister for Well being to satisfy with medical, nursing, and healthcare professionals in Donegal to see and listen to their considerations concerning Letterkenny College Hospital first-hand.

Teachta Cullinane made the remarks following a gathering on Thursday at Letterkenny College Hospital with native GPs, consultants, and administration.

The TD for Waterford mentioned that whereas it was welcome that the HSE CEO had agreed to ship in a efficiency administration enchancment staff, it was important that Authorities-level motion is taken to ship decisive motion on the very critical considerations recognized by native clinicians.

Teachta Cullinane mentioned: “Right now I visited Letterkenny Hospital to satisfy with neighborhood GPs, hospital employees, and native administration. I got here right here to hear and to see their considerations first-hand. It was a constructive and constructive assembly.

“I’m calling on the Minister for Well being to go to Donegal and do the identical. There are critical affected person security dangers at Letterkenny Hospital because of a scarcity of mattress capability, onerous out-of-hours rotas for overworked docs, and extreme deficits in staffing.

“In line with the native medical professionals, there’s a critical threat of unplanned collapse of companies at Letterkenny if the required funding shouldn’t be supplied to avert disaster.

“Goal therapy occasions for sepsis and different critical circumstances are regularly missed, and the speed of unplanned cancellation of surgical procedures is extremely regarding. The emergency division is kind of merely overwhelmed, and that is having a critical knock-on impact for the ambulance service.”

Teachta Cullinane echoed medics’ considerations that the hospital is quickly approaching a tipping level.

He known as on the Minister for Well being to make sure decisive motion is taken on the intense considerations recognized by native clinicians.

Teachta Cullinane added: “The CEO of the HSE confirmed that he was sending a efficiency administration staff to the hospital once I raised Letterkenny Hospital with him on the well being committee on Wednesday. That is welcome, nevertheless it should report quickly. Lots of the issues are already identified and might be acted on.

“The findings of the staff’s evaluation have to be applied immediately. Resourcing shouldn’t be the problem, however we all know that the HSE has been underfunded for 2024 which can make the hospital’s job much more troublesome.”

Authorities-level motion wanted to avert disaster at LUH was final modified: October twenty seventh, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin