The appointment of a second neurologist for the north west has been welcomed as “a relief” to hundreds of people here who have been waiting over a year to see a neurologist.
“The waiting list for a routine appointment with a neurologist in the North West is now up to four years,” claimed Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue.
He added: “It is unacceptable that so many patients from across Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim and west Cavan who are suffering from MS, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions have been waiting years to see a neurologist.
“Last year the HSE said a second neurologist based in Sligo would help to ease the burden significantly. However it proved difficult to fill the post. The HSE has now informed me that the post has finally been filled and discussions are underway with the successful candidate on a start date.”
Stressing he was pleased with the news of the appointment, the Inishowen based TD said: “There is no doubt that this will provide some welcome relief and help in reducing waiting times. However, our neurology services are still severely under-resourced and overburdened. Much more needs to be done to address this.
“There are over 700,000 people affected by neurological illnesses in Ireland today. Nationally, more than 5,000 patients have been waiting for over a year to see a neurologist and approximately 1,000 people have been waiting for more than 4 years. This is unacceptable. I will continue to push the Government to advance the neurological services in the north west and across the country to bring us in line with our European counterparts.”