Ministers visit Lifford Hospital

Dr James Reilly, T.D. Minister for Health and Dinny McGinley, T.D. Minister of State, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs visited Lifford Hospital on Friday, July 29.

Dr James Reilly, T.D. Minister for Health and Dinny McGinley, T.D. Minister of State, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs visited Lifford Hospital on Friday, July 29.

The Ministers were given a guided tour of the hospital where they inspected the facilities and services available. They also where they met Members of the Hospital Staff and Friends of the Hospital. Dr. Reilly expressed his satisfaction with the services that are being provided. on Friday July 29.

Sylvester McGhee, secretary, Friends of Lifford Hospital, said the Ministers met with the group for an hour and a half.

He said theirs was “a very constructive meeting” and that “a lot of positivity that came out of it.”

Mr McGhee added: “Naturally, I was delighted that the Ministers spent and hour and a half with us, given their hectic schedules.”

Around 2,200 took to the streets on May 23 last year to protest against the possible closure of Lifford Hospital.

Mr McGhee commented: “There was real fear and frustration at the time because we knew that Lifford Hospital was on the short list for possible closure but we could never, despite countless attempts, get any response from or a meeting with Mary Harney, who was the health minister at the time.

Since the change in government, he says, those fears have been alleviated.

Mr McGhee concluded: “I don’t think anybody can feel that any facility is immune from cutbacks or closure, and I think the hospital will most likely face cutbacks, but I believe the meeting was definitely a step in the right direction.”