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Threat to future of pathology services at LUH averted

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Threat to future of pathology services at LUH averted

Letterkenny University Hospital

A threat to the future of pathology services at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) has been averted. 

There were fears that the pathology services at the hospital may be withdrawn due to a dispute over the hospital’s mortuary facilities.

Pathologists in LUH had taken a decision to withdraw services from Wednesday, April 3rd, due to their frustration in relation to the lack of Government investment in the mortuary.

The situation escalated following the lack of any funding announcement for the repair and refurbishment of the mortuary in the latest capital budget.

This morning, the Leas Cheann Comhairle, Pat 'the cope' Gallagher who had been helping to to broker an agreement between the pathologists, the HSE and the County Coroner welcomed the agreement reached by all sides in the dispute. 

He said: "I am happy to confirm that after days of consultations between the Pathologist, County Coroner and the HSE, that the HSE Estates agreed this evening to invent tenders and to proceed with the upgrading works as are set out and which are urgently required for the mortuary.

"As a result of this the pathologists have agreed to withdraw their notice to cease performing post mortems and have accepted the revised proposal negotiated. This is all very welcome news as all sides have now signed up to the revised porposal."

The Dungloe-based public representative thanked all parties for their co-operation.