Donegal cancer care group to meet Health Minister tomorrow

DACC to meet Minister Harris

By Eamonn McFadden

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Minister for Health to visit UHL A&E

Minister Simon Harris

Health volunteer group, Donegal Action for Cancer Care, are to meet Health Minister Simon Harris TD today when he visits Letterkenny University Hospital.

The Minister for Health will be officially opening the Integrated Blood Sciences Department and the Clinical Skills Laboratory at the hospital at 1:30pm and the DACC are due to meet Minister Harris after that.

Betty Holmes from Donegal Action for Cancer Care says they are hoping to highlight the good work already being carried out at the hospital, as well as get a commitment to further regular meetings with all the relevant health and hospital bodies in future.

“Our aim is to highlight the excellence that exist in Letterkenny Hospital. The fact that they have been discriminated against with funding for a long number of years and that is based on their inpatient discharges. Our overall aim for tomorrow is to ask the minister to please help and support us by arranging a long overdue follow-up meeting with the department of health in the same format as they had before. We want to put it into practice this type of meeting, three times per year, to address the major issues that impact on Letterkenny University Hospital inpatients, staff and services,” she stated.

It is also understood a protest group are staging a protest at 12 noon ahead of the minister's arrival to highlight the trolley crisis and lack of resources at the hospital.