Independent TD Thomas Pringle has called on the HSE in Donegal to reverse its policy of not recruiting physiotherapists.
He addressed the Dail this week about the recent reduction of physiotheraphy services at Killybegs Community Hospital.
He said: “It was brought to my attention recently that, although the physiotherapy department has been short staffed for a number of years, recently one of the physiotherapists has been asked to work shorter days in Killybegs and is covering hours in Ballyshannon.
“This means that Killybegs is again being put on the back burner regarding all services just to facilitate shortages in staff in other locations. There is a large waiting list for physiotherapy in Killybegs and it is unfair that Killybegs Community Hospital should carry this burden. The HSE have stated that the physiotherapist will be back again from July and that the service will resume but this simply isn’t good enough.
“Physiotherapy is not covered by the recruitment embargo but the HSE in Donegal have taken the decision that they won’t recruit any physiotherapists.
“This is a crazy decision that should be revoked. The HSE should employ the physiotherapists that are required because ultimately they will save money on the health services rather than being a cost.”