It’s understood management and the HSE have held talks over the hospital’s future with closure being the preferred option of the HSE and management told an officially closure announcement will be made ‘in the next 24 hours’.
It comes just a few days after Donegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill brought up the issue in the Seanad.
Senator O’Domhnaill said: “I questioned Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch about the increasing concern about her Government’s agenda in shutting down community hospitals and closing nursing home units in smaller communities. This poses a further threat to the future of Lifford Hospital.
“The Minister’s response was extremely disappointing. She admitted that her Government plans to shut down community hospitals and nursing homes, citing the need to achieve “efficiencies”. She refused to give any commitment to Lifford Hospital or any other facilities under threat of closure,” he revealed.
The hospital has 20 beds; hundreds of people have attended meetings to oppose its closure.