HSE Agrees to Relax Time Rules for Children’s In-Home Palliative Care in Donegal

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Friday) welcomed a commitment given by the HSE that it will relax controversial time rules being considered for children’s In-home palliative care services in Donegal allowing parents and guardians to leave the home for periods of no than 30 minutes during visits by nursing staff.

The decision, which was announced at today’s HSE Oireachtas Health Forum in Stranorlar, comes following months of growing frustration from parents of children with complex needs and life limiting conditions who opposed the restrictions which were first mooted earlier this year.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I am delighted to have it confirmed by HSE Management at today’s Oireachtas Health Forum meeting that the executive has decided to rethink and relax its plans to introduce a 30 minute leave period from the home for parents and guardian of children receiving In-home palliative care in Donegal.

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X-Ray Facilities at Donegal Community Hospital Must be restored without Delay – Doherty

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Thursday) called on the both the HSE and the Minister to re-instate X-ray services at Donegal Community Hospital without delay.

The facilities, which have not been operational since early September due to equipment failure, have yet to be repaired as the hospital is currently awaiting the order of a machine component. Deputy Doherty, who has raised the disruption with the Minister in the Dáil, is calling on the authorities to restore the service without further delay.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Last month I was contacted by constituents in South Donegal over concerns that the X-ray Department at Donegal Community Hospital was no longer accepting patients due to problems with the hospital’s x-ray equipment.

“Engineers were called to inspect the equipment, which had previously broken down just a few weeks previous when inspectors then discovered that the digitizer was not working properly.

“While the facility re-opened shortly after this, the X-ray Department was forced to suspend the service once again in September and engineers confirmed that the digitizer was not repairable and needed to be replaced.

“The service in Donegal Town had to cease and patients have been forced to travel to Killybegs Community Hospital since 7th September in order to have x-rays carried out.

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Doherty Welcomes Appointment of Locum Psychiatrist for South West Donegal

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation from the HSE that a replacement locum Psychiatrist for the South West sector has been recruited to the Donegal Mental Health Service.

The appointment comes following the departure of the Consultant Psychiatrist who formally held the post. Deputy Doherty, who last month raised the vacancy with the Minister for Health, has now been informed by the HSE that the Locum will take up the role this week.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Following concerns from constituents throughout the south of the county surrounding the departure of the Consultant Psychiatrist who previously held the post, I immediately raised the issue with the Minister for Health in the Dáil where I stressed the importance of ensuring that psychiatric services here would not be interrupted for service users.

“The Minister subsequently asked the HSE to provide me with an update in relation to the vacancy and the measures which were being taken to ensure that complex cases or patients requiring urgent treatment were not left at a disadvantage while a suitable replacement was identified.

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Doherty to Raise Controversial Cruit Oyster Farm with Minister

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty will this week raise the controversial proposals for an Oyster Farm at Cruit Strand in Donegal following growing public opposition to the plans.

In a Parliamentary Question to the Minister, Deputy Doherty is expected to challenge the decision not to require the applicant to provide an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) as part of the plans submitted to the Department for consideration.

 Deputy Doherty said:

“There is understandably growing opposition to the application for an Aqualculture Licence for an Oyster Farm at Kincasslagh Bay adjacent to Cruit Island which, as many people are aware, is an area renowned for its natural beauty and pristine waters.

“Last week, I attended a very successful public meeting organised by local residents where those in attendance clearly demonstrated their strong objection to the plans which would see the erection of a large number of Oyster trestles and harvesting equipment installed across several acres of the estuary bed.

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