County Councillor Ciaran Brogan said he has doubts that Donegal women will no longer have to travel outside of the county for breast cancer treatment.
Deputy Joe McHugh this week revealed how the Minister for Health is to appoint a locum consultant breast surgeon.
But the Fianna Fail councillor said the overall service at Letterkenny General Hospital needs even more support.
He said “I remain skeptical on claims this week from Deputy Joe McHugh that women will no longer have to travel to Galway for breast cancer treatment.
“One of the decisions reached for the short term following the intervention of the Minister for Health is the immediate appointment of a locum consultant breast surgeon. There are also plans to provide additional clinics at Letterkenny General Hospital.
“But I am calling this week for the appointment of a second permanent breast cancer surgeon in Letterkenny. The Consultant breast cancer surgeon at the hospital, Michael Sugrue and his team are doing tremendous work and I know that he would welcome such an appointment.
“It is vital that the breast cancer team is given the support it needs and a second permanent surgeon would help alleviate all the difficulties they, and the patients, are currently facing,” he said.
On a more general note, Councillor Brogan said the waiting lists at Letterkenny General is still an issue that needs to be tackled head on.
“It’s an area that people are most frustrated about and one that hasn’t been given the commitment it requires from the Government. The staff, both medical and otherwise, are working flat out to cope with the demands placed on them but until a proper plan is put in place, the problems are going to continue,” he said.