Arranmore Island Community Council has called on Letterkenny General Hospital to immediately revisit their decision to close the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe Community Hospital.
Speaking in relation to the matter, council spokesman Jerry Early said it is imperative that decision is reversed and that the council will be lending their full support to the campaign group which has been set up in west Donegal.
“Without question the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe is a vital service to the women of the Rosses and Gweedore area and its closure typifies the lack of understanding of the needs of the people of rural Donegal” Mr Early said.
“The service provided is of benefit to women of all ages and its need in the area is of paramount importance. Those who have made the decision to close the unit clearly don’t seem to understand how it will affect the people of the region.
He added that its closure now means expectant mothers and indeed women of all ages now have to make a two hour round trip to avail of the service in Letterkenny General Hospital
“For some, this also means an even longer bus journey and a full day spent in Letterkenny due to public transport timetables. It’s an even lengthier experience for the women of Arranmore Island who have to make the journey by ferry before their journey even starts on the mainland.
“We believe this decision to be wrong and inconsiderate to the people of the Rosses and Gweedore area and we feel we can accept nothing else other than the immediate reversal of the units closure. Until that decision is reversed Arranmore Island Community Council will be lending its full support to the campaign group working to have the unit reinstated.”Tags: