Health Minister James Reilly will be greeted by protesters in Letterkenny this morning.
Minister Reilly is in Letterkenny for the official re-opening of the Emergency Department and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.
Both facilities will be opened to the public on March the 12th.
The Donegal Diabetes Parent Support Group are set to protest during his visit in a bid to highlight the lack of progress in service provision for children with diabetes in Donegal.
Meanwhile, following a meeting with concerned families from the Donegal Diabetes Parent Support Group, Marian Harkin MEP has called on Minister Reilly and the HSE to immediately ensure a Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist in Letterkenny.
“There are 143 children with diabetes in County Donegal and the diabetes expert Advisory Group’s recommendations state that there should be 1 nurse to every 100 children/adolescents with diabetes,” said MEP Harkin.
She added: “This means that Donegal has the numbers to have 1.5 nurses working exclusively in paediatric services. Yet the current proposal is a loss of the full time staff nurse working in children’s diabetes care and this post will be replaced by a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist with responsibility for adults and children. This situation is totally unacceptable and is compromising the current and future health and life chances of children/adolescents with diabetes.
“Diabetes is a chronic disease whose prevalence is increasing. Management of diabetes is absolutely crucial to ensure better outcomes for patients. The current situation is a denial of basic access to health care services for young people with diabetes in County Donegal and must be reversed immediately”, Ms Harkin said. The Donegal Diabetes Parent Support Group intend to protest at the visit – the group is angry at the lack of progress in service provision for children with diabetes in Donegal.