Public support move to stop Dungloe Hospital bed closures

Public support move to stop Dungloe Hospital bed closures
Members of the public have thrown their support behind a protest to oppose the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) closure of 10 beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.

Members of the public have thrown their support behind a protest to oppose the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) closure of 10 beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.

A representative lobby group will also seek a meeting with Dinny McGinley, TD, minister of state for the Gaeltacht, and with HSE regional officials, to secure an exemption from the hiring moratorium.

Up to 200 people attended Friday’s meeting at the Ionad Teampaill Chróine in Dungloe.

The HSE confirmed earlier this month plans to temporarily close 10 beds at the hospital. According to an HSE statement, the closures resulted from an increase in long-term sick leave, retirements and maternity leave among hospital staff recently, coupled with the impact of the recruitment moratorium. The HSE said they were closing the beds temporarily to maintain a safe level of patient care.

“We need a relaxation of the embargo,” Pat “the Cope” Gallagher, Fianna Fáil MEP, told the gathering.

For full page report see page 6 of Monday’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.