Statement regarding Letterkenny General Hospital

Statement by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill regarding Letterkenny General Hospital

Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has today (Tuesday) said that front line services at Letterkenny General Hospital must be protected.  Senator Ó Domhnaill was reacting to concerns that two wards would close from September 1 and that elective surgery would be cancelled for the remainder of the year, with up to 100 workers on temporary contracts being let go.

Ó Domhnaill said:

“I am extremely dissatisfied at the manner in which reports of possible job losses at Letterkenny General is being handled.  Front line services at Letterkenny General are critically important to the provision of essential Health Services to the people in Donegal.”

“Letterkenny General Hospital is a 340 bed hospital, and provides a wide range of acute hospital services on an in-patient, day-case and out-patient basis.  The hospital catchment area incorporates patients residing in Donegal North of Laghey/Pettigo with a population of 140,000.  The hospital currently has a total of 340 in-patients beds and 18 day care beds.”

“I have been in touch with Management at the Hospital and I am awaiting clarification on what proposals are being put forward.  I will be also liaising directly with the Minister for Health on this issue.”

“I will be doing everything possible to ensure that the essential services at Letterkenny General Hospital are protected.”

Posted: Jul 27, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West