Minister’s request must lead to opening of LUH’s short-stay ward – Mac Lochlainn

first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says the Minister for Health Simon Harris’s request for the HSE to examine any additional capacity in hospitals must now lead to the reopening of the 19-bed Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital.He said that for over two years now, Sinn Féin and other stakeholders, including the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), have been asking the Minister for Health to examine what beds had been closed in hospitals during the austerity years and to commit funding to reopen them.And he said the reopening of the 19-bed Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital must be front and centre, here in Donegal. “On countless occasions, we were rebuffed and told to wait on the publication of the bed capacity review. However, when the review was eventually published, it did not even fully examine where beds are closed and how many there are.“Therefore, while we welcome the Minister’s announcement that he will ask the HSE to examine if there is any additional capacity in hospitals that can be utilised, this must now finally lead to the reopening of the Short Stay Ward.“The management of Letterkenny Hospital have again applied for the necessary funding to reopen the ward and this time, there can be no excuses left.“Over recent weeks, members of Donegal Sinn Féin have gathered thousands of signatures across Donegal for our petition, calling on the Government to recognise that on average, every single day last year, 19 Donegal people were on trolleys rather than in a ward bed at Letterkenny. “That’s thousands of Donegal people being denied the treatment that they deserve in a medical emergency with many being also being denied their dignity and privacy at the hospital.“The spectacle of 19 people on trolleys every day while there is a 19 bed Short Stay Ward lying empty is a shameful indictment of the Government’s approach to our health service”.Minister’s request must lead to opening of LUH’s short-stay ward – Mac Lochlainn was last modified: August 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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