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Patients getting a day's notice to go to Dublin 15.01.16

DONEGAL patients are in some cases receiving less than 24 hours’ notice to attend outpatient appointments in Dublin, a TD has said.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue said some people have told him they’ve been told to take the appointments because they don’t know when another one will be available.
“I have been contacted by a number of concerned constituents who have received a call to attend an outpatient appointment in Dublin with less than 24 hours’ notice. This type of policy is completely unacceptable.
"I have written to the Minister Leo Varadkar asking him to put a minimum notice protocol in place for patients at Letterkenny University Hospital to ensure that patients whose appointments are outsourced are given adequate time to make arrangements to attend their appointment," he said.
The Inishowen Fianna Fáil deputy said over 5,500 patients are currently waiting six months or longer to be seen by a consultant in Letterkenny - a third of whom have been waiting over a year or more.
“Letterkenny University Hospital is currently referring hundreds of patients to Dublin for outpatient appointments with many of them getting less than 24 hours’ notice of an appointment. It is completely unreasonable to expect sick patients to travel hundreds of miles to attend an appointment at short notice, especially when that appointment could be provided at Letterkenny University Hospital if it was sufficiently resourced," he added.
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