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LETTERKENNY GENERAL A&E ‘IN DANGER’ SAY SINN FEIN TDs

first_imgA LACK of junior doctors at Letterkenny General could cause a crisis there within days, the county’s two TDs said today. In a joint statement, Donegal Sinn Féin TDs, Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have appealed to the Minister for Health, James Reilly to urgently intervene and ensure that additional Non Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs or Junior Doctors) are immediately appointed to the county’s main hospital.The Donegal Deputies said that it is their understanding that unless there is an immediate solution, the Accident and Emergency Department may be in danger of downgrading. Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “I challenged the Taoiseach and Minister for Health in the Dáil to publicly state what are the small rural hospitals that the Minister is referring to when he states that some will not be able to operate safely as a 24 hour A&E service as a result of the shortage of junior doctors.“The Minister refused to answer my question and indeed the persistent questioning by the Sinn Féin team over the last number of weeks on this issue”.He went on: “It is our understanding that the services of Letterkenny General Hospital will be seriously impacted as a result of the lack of junior doctors and in particular within the A&E Department.“Unless there is an immediate solution to this problem, the people of Donegal will have to endure a serious curtailment of services across a number of departments with a clear emphasis on A&E. “The Minister has already signalled that a number of hospitals will not be able to deliver a safe 24 hour accident and emergency service during the summer.”GUARANTEE NEEDED IN DAILThe TDs said their focus is to ensure that Letterkenny General is not one of the hospitals that he refers to.Said Padraig MacLochlainn: “We will be raising this yet again today in the Dáil chamber. The Minister must now make a clear statement on this matter which alleviates the concerns of the people of Donegal”This is the latest controversy surrounding the hospital which has been overspending by up to a quarter of a millon euros every week. TELL US YOUR VIEW….LEAVE A COMMENT BELOWLETTERKENNY GENERAL A&E ‘IN DANGER’ SAY SINN FEIN TDs was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldaily.comLetterkenny General HospitalPadraig MacLochlainn TDPearse Doherty TDSinn Feinlast_img read more


CALM BEFORE THE STORM AS MET EIREANN ISSUES NEW ORANGE WARNING

first_imgTODAY is going to be a lovely day to get out and about if you’re still in holiday mode – but enjoy it while it lasts as it’s just the calm before the storm.Weather forecasters have issued advance alerts for a new storm set to hit Co Donegal tonight and into Friday – with another severe windstorm looking extremely likely this Sunday night and into Monday.Following mild and clear weather for the most part today, things will turn nasty after dark. Heavy rain with strengthening winds will spread from the Atlantic into southwestern and western areas during the afternoon and countrywide during the evening, turning very showery.It will be very windy in the evening with stormy conditions likely – with a warning of possible coastal flooding due to hide tides, the strong winds and the rainfall.Meanwhile eircom says staff are working to restore services to hundreds of customers in south and west Donegal – 10 days after they were cut off.Said a spokesman: “More than 18,000 faults have been repaired over the past two weeks as a result of the recent severe weather before and during the Christmas period. “We would like to reassure all customers who are currently experiencing a disruption to their telephone and broadband service that we are working as hard as possible to restore service.All available technicians have been diverted onto fault repairs and our crews will continue to carry out repair work throughout the weekend.”STATUS ORANGEWind Warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and LimerickBecoming stormy this evening and tonight and continuing for a time tomorrow with South to Southwest winds mean speed 65 to 90 km/hr with gusts 110 to 130 km/hr. Heavy rain, high tides and high seas also, with local flooding, especially in coastal areas.Issued:Thursday 02 January 2014 09:00Valid:Thursday 02 January 2014 17:00 to Friday 03 January 2014 14:00 CALM BEFORE THE STORM AS MET EIREANN ISSUES NEW ORANGE WARNING was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weatherstormweather warninglast_img read more