Health Minister Simon Harris has given the go-ahead for a new consultant at Letterkenny University Hospital to assist in the care of diabetes patients.
The post is for a second endocrinologist at the hospital, which comes after much campaigning by the Donegal Branch of Diabetes Ireland for solutions to the diabetes care crisis in Donegal.
Donegal TD Joe McHugh confirmed the go-ahead today, saying: “This is an important second position in Letterkenny and has been approved by the independent Consultant Application Advisory Committee (CAAC) which examines the need for consultancy positions in the health service and has accepted that need for Donegal.
“I want to acknowledge the work of the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland for their advocacy for this position which is hugely important for the care of diabetes patients in County Donegal.
“I have been working to secure this position and I want to thank the CAAC, the HSE and Minister Harris for their assistance. The advertising for the position is now being worked on and it’s important that this happens sooner rather than later and that the HSE provides whatever support staff are necessary.”