Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to the latest data on patient waiting list figures which shows that since the start of 2018, there has been a 17 per cent increase in the number of patients waiting 18 months or more for outpatient treatment at Letterkenny University Hospital.
The figures, which have been compiled by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) reveal that as of the end of May, a total of 15,474 patients are awaiting an outpatient appointment, 2,201 of which have been on a waiting list for at least 18 months.
Donegal Sinn Féin has today (Monday) launched a campaign demanding the reopening of Letterkenny University Hospital’s 19 Bed Short Stay Ward.
The initiative, which was launched this morning at the hospital by Senator Pádraig MacLochainn, Deputy Pearse Doherty and a number of local Sinn Féin Councillors, sees the roll out of a petition as well as a dedicated cross-platform media campaign calling on the Government to reopen the facility in a bid to alleviate the ongoing trolley crisis.
Sinn Féin Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh is calling on members of the public to stay safe and behave responsibly when in or near water this summer.
The Glenties based Councillor made the plea as Met Éireann this week have forecast further hot weather and sunny spells over the coming days.
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