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Crisis as top surgeon quits Letterkenny Hospital 13.02.15

DONEGAL'S cancer services are in crisis today following the resignation of a leading surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital.
Consultant urologist Kevin Moran said he does not have enough resources to look after his patients including 425 men with prostate cancers and 160 men and women with bladder cancers.
Mr Moran, who has been at LGH for 24 years, said: “I have taken the decision to resign as I don’t have the resources to take care of my patients any more,” said Mr Moran.
“I don’t have access to beds, I don’t have adequate access to operating theatres and I can’t recruit and retain the junior staff and support staff that I need.
“The main issue is recruitment and retention. For example, to replace me takes a general surgeon and a urologist , two people, two disciplines, and while they’re able to get a locum general surgeon I believe they will have a major difficulty recruiting a urologist.
"There's also a training issue. We had longer and more intense training. There were no quality of life issues, no weekends off," the veteran medic added.
Letterkenny General Hospital.
Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty are demanding urgent answers from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and the management of the Saolta University Healthcare Group following the resignation.
"Over recent years, we have repeatedly raised our serious concerns about the resources available to Letterkenny General Hospital. Only this week, we met Tony Canavan, the director of operations of the Saolta University Healthcare Group and Sean Murphy, the LGH manager to discuss those concerns.
“Only days after that meeting we now read about the disturbing resignation and comments of Dr Kevin Moran, the respected consultant urologist and surgeon at the hospital," said Deputy MacLochlainn.
It is understood that a locum consultant general surgeon has been appointed to the hospital from February 23 until April 16 and that a temporary general surgeon has been appointed for one year, from April 16.
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