Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

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Recruitment embargo is prolonging the crisis at Letterkenny Hospital

Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Recruitment embargo is prolonging the crisis at Letterkenny Hospital- Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has again called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to end the recruitment embargo that has prevented management at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) from recruiting the nurses, doctors and support staff required to reopen all the beds in the hospital’s Short Stay Ward and to fill positions across the hospital.
Senator Mac Lochlainn was responding to news that the numbers of people awaiting in-patient beds at the hospital reached 40 today, again one of the highest numbers in the State.
He said:
“I understand that the only barrier to reopening all of the 20 beds in LUH’s Short Stay Ward is the government’s recruitment embargo being implemented by the HSE for months now. I am also aware of a huge reduction in elective surgeries and procedures across the hospital that is driving up hospital waiting lists across Donegal with many people unneccessarily living with painful conditions.
This recruitment embargo doesn’t make financial sense as rather than investing in our public health system, the government are redirecting millions of euro to private amblance companies, private hospitals and recruitment agencies. I am again calling on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to end this counter-productive recruitment embargo.
Over recent weeks, I have ran a billboard campaign reminding Minister Harris of his statement last year that all of the beds in the Short Stay Ward were to be reopened. I will continue to campaign until all these beds are delivered with the nurses, doctors and support staff required and that the Minister keeps his word”.

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