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Authorities-level motion wanted to avert disaster at LUH

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Well being, David Cullinane TD, has known as on the Minister for Well being to fulfill with medical, nursing, and healthcare professionals in Donegal to see and listen to their issues relating to 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 group, it was important that Authorities-level motion is taken to ship decisive motion on the very critical issues recognized by native clinicians.

Teachta Cullinane mentioned: “At the moment I visited Letterkenny Hospital to fulfill with neighborhood GPs, hospital employees, and native administration. I got here right here to hear and to see their issues first-hand. It was a optimistic 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 resulting from an absence of mattress capability, onerous out-of-hours rotas for overworked medical doctors, and extreme deficits in staffing.

“Based on the native medical professionals, there’s a critical danger of unplanned collapse of companies at Letterkenny if the mandatory funding is just not offered to avert disaster.

“Goal therapy occasions for sepsis and different critical situations are ceaselessly 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’ issues 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 issues recognized by native clinicians.

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

“The findings of the group’s overview have to be applied at once. Resourcing shouldn’t be the difficulty, however we all know that the HSE has been underfunded for 2024 which is able to 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