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 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 crew, it was important that Authorities-level motion is taken to ship decisive motion on the very severe considerations recognized by native clinicians.
Teachta Cullinane mentioned: “At present I visited Letterkenny Hospital to satisfy with group GPs, hospital employees, and native administration. I got here right here to pay attention 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 severe affected person security dangers at Letterkenny Hospital attributable to 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 severe threat of unplanned collapse of providers at Letterkenny if the mandatory funding isn’t offered to avert disaster.
“Goal therapy instances for sepsis and different severe situations are regularly missed, and the speed of unplanned cancellation of surgical procedures is very regarding. The emergency division is kind of merely overwhelmed, and that is having a severe 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 crew 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. Most of the issues are already recognized and might be acted on.
“The findings of the crew’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 can make the hospital’s job much more tough.”
Authorities-level motion wanted to avert disaster at LUH was final modified: October twenty seventh, 2023 by