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Only one out of 120 advanced nurses allocated to Donegal

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Dozens of Donegal patients waiting on hospital beds

Letterkenny University Hospital.

Just one out of 120 advanced nurse practitioners have been allocated to Letterkenny University Hospital, it has been revealed.

Earlier this year Letterkenny University Hospital management applied for the positions of a paediatrics advanced nurse practitioner (ANP), plus a second ANP in adult services.

But out of 120 advanced nurse practitioner ANP posts allocated to hospitals across the State, only one of the posts will come to Letterkenny University Hospital.

Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn said the number of healthcare professionals at Letterkenny University Hospital is only half that required to support the numbers of persons with diabetes type 1 and type 2  in Donegal, a total of 6,700 people.

The senator is now calling on the health minister to urgently meet with the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland to address their serious concerns about the low number

He said the allocation to the Letterkenny hospital is an insult to diabetes care campaigners in Donegal.

"This summer, the Donegal Oireachtas members were present at a meeting in Dublin between the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, his senior officials and the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland. At that meeting the Minister assured all present that he would support the application by Letterkenny University Hospital management for the positions of a paediatrics advanced nurse practitioner, plus a second ANP in adult services who would also develop a speciality in pump therapy for adults.

“This was to address the fact that the number of healthcare professionals at Letterkenny University Hospital is only half that required to support the numbers of persons with diabetes type 1 (700) and type 2 (6,000) in Donegal. This has led to absolutely shocking waiting times of around two years or over twenty months for a recall appointment for diabetes patients in the county.

"It has now been confirmed that these two important ANP posts have been refused by the HSE and the Department of Health. This is an insult to diabetes care campaigners in Donegal and it is totally unacceptable. Indeed, out of 120 ANP posts allocated to hospitals across the State, only one came to Letterkenny University Hospital. I also understand that an application for an ANP for the hospital's A&E Department was turned down despite the well-documented pressures on that department.”