"Pressure grows for Government on the neglect of diabetes care in Donegal"- Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn
Letterkenny Hospital management confirm numbers are there to merit a Diabetes Centre of Excellence in Donegal
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has received official confirmation from the management of Letterkenny University Hospital that there are the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 in the county to merit a Diabetes Centre of Excellence to be based in the county.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
"The Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland has long campaigned for a centre to be based in the North West shared between Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals and they have produced an important map, showing the neglect in diabetes care of Donegal and the North West region.
Letterkenny Hospital already has a building dedicated to diabetes care and all that is required is the appointment of the necessary staff such as a Paediatric Consultant Endocrinologist and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) to be based at the hospital for centre of excellence status and equality of care with the rest of the State".
"I submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health, asking if County Donegal has the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 to merit the locating of a centre of excellence for diabetes care at Letterkenny University Hospital and responding on his and the HSE's behalf, the management of Letterkenny University Hospital have officially confirmed that we do (Full response below).
This response has seriously increased the pressure on the Minister and his government to end the neglect of diabetes care in Donegal. There can be no more excuses. The Government and the HSE must do the right thing and commit to the funding of the additional staff estimated at €1.5 million".