Sinn Fein Deputy, Pearse Doherty, has raised concerns over diabetes care at Letterkenny University Hospital.
He also said that the Minister for Health’s failure to meet with the Donegal Branch Committee of Diabetes Ireland would be totally unacceptable, given the urgency of the situation.
“I am deeply concerned about the lack of care for diabetes patients at Letterkenny University Hospital,” Deputy Doherty said.
“Diabetes Ireland have made it clear that additional resources must be provided, and I hope to see some action taken on this matter.”
Of particular concern to Deputy Doherty is the news that an application by LUH for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in adult diabetes care has been turned down and the hospital is also about to lose its only Podiatrist supporting diabetes patients.
“Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic life threatening condition that over 2,000 families across Donegal are trying to live with,” he continued.
“Despite my office’s attempts to facilitate a meeting between the Donegal Branch Committee of Diabetes Ireland and the Minister for Health, no promises have been made to the group and it has been made clear to them that they are not a priority for this government.
“This is extraordinary given the urgency of the matter and a failure to meet with the group would be unacceptable.”