No MRI Facilities at Letterkenny University Hospital during Weekends ‘Extremely Concerning’ – Doherty
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Tuesday) said that the unavailability of MRI scanning facilities at Letterkenny University Hospital during the weekend period is ‘extremely concerning’ and is calling on the Minister for Health to take action to ensure that Radiographers remain on call on Saturdays and Sundays.
Deputy Doherty’s comments come following the disclosure of figures requested from the HSE detailing both staffing rotas and access hours for radiology services at the Hospital. The data reveals that no MRI service is in place for patients at Letterkenny from 5pm on Fridays and right throughout the weekend.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Following having received complaints from a number of constituents about them having been unable to access radiology facilities at Letterkenny hospital over weekends, I brought the matter to the attention of the Minister and I requested a detailed breakdown of staffing arrangements and hours of access to Xray, CT Ultrasound and MRI services at the hospital.