New ward in LUH must be opened
FIANNA Fáil TD Charlie
McConalogue has called for assurances that staff
will be recruited for the 19 bed short stay ward at
Letterkenny University Hospital without delay. He
made the call following the announcement that
funding for the ward has been secured. An
application for funding was first made in July 2017.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “I welcome the fact
that the government has finally realised the
importance of this 19 bed short stay ward and has
now allocated the funding, which was requested over
14 months ago. In that time hundreds of people were
forced to remain on trolleys in the Emergency
Department because of the refusal of the government
and the HSE to address the issue".
Letterkenny University Hospital.
“Last winter was one of
the worst on record, with the full capacity protocol
being implemented a number of times as the Emergency
Department simply could not cope with the demands
which were being placed on it. This was a horrendous
situation not only for the patients, but for the
frontline staff working in the hospital. These
doctors, nurses, porters and administrative staff
have gone above and beyond to provide the best
service to patients under extremely difficult
“I am calling on Minister Harris to give approval to
hospital management to advertise these posts
immediately so that the ward can be re-opened as
soon as possible. It is imperative that this ward is
up and running so that the pressure on the Emergency
Department, its staff and patients can be eased”.