DACC says minister brought no answers on trip to Donegal

The campaigning group Donegal Action for Cancer Care (DACC) said Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, TD, “brought no real plans” for health care in Donegal when he visited the county earlier this week.

The campaigning group Donegal Action for Cancer Care (DACC) said Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, TD, “brought no real plans” for health care in Donegal when he visited the county earlier this week.

“It is fine to talk about the ‘money following the patient’, but if there is no money in the first place then where does the patient go, especially if you’re from Donegal?” Betty Holmes, DACC spokesperson said in a statement.

She said this week the group learned from the Health Service Executive West that there will be widespread seasonal bed closures, with the acute hospital sector running €20 million over budget.

“What does this mean to Letterkenny General Hospital, who are already working with a budget shortfall of €4.5 million this year?” she asked.

She said DACC was not satisfied with the minister’s comments about speaking with Northern Health Minister Edwin Poots about cross-border health arrangements in the context of Lifford Community Hospital.

“We hope that Minister O’Reilly is now able to answer our key questions sent to him regarding how the proposed radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin for Donegal patients will work,” Betty said.

She said that within a matter of weeks Donegal has had visits from the Taoiseach, four ministers and a junior minister. “DACC would have to ask: What have all these key government visits brought to the sick people of Donegal?” she asked.