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Donegal rheumatism clinic still on long finger - TD 06.11.14

DONEGAL North East T.D., Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government and HSE of "coming up with new excuses" to delay the re-opening of the rheumatology clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital.
He referred to a statement last week in which Minister of State, Joe McHugh T.D., claimed the West/North West Hospital Group would restore the outreach clinic once a third consultant rheumatologist is appointed.
He said this was the first time any reference had been made to a third consultant post, which he said could take more than a year to be approved.
“This is another ploy by the Government and the HSE to delay the rheumatology clinic and force Donegal patients to endure lengthy and painful trips to Leitrim for their treatment," said the Fianna Fáil Inishowen deputy.
"I have been making representations on this issue since I was first elected to the Dáil and not once over the last three and half years as it ever been mentioned that the clinic couldn’t be re-opened until a third consultant was appointed."
There are almost 300 rheumatology patients in Donegal.
Deputy McConalogue said Health Minister Leo Varadkar needed to intervene to ensure the rheumatology clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital was reopened without delay.
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