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Leitrim TD calls on Government to intervene in closure of north-west Cath Lab

Jun 22, 2022 13:06 By Shannonside News
Leitrim TD calls on Government to intervene in closure of north-west Cath Lab Leitrim TD calls on Government to intervene in closure of north-west Cath Lab
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The service is due to close at the end of this month.

Government must step up and ensure Cath Lab Services remain at Sligo University Hospital beyond the end of the month.

That's according to Deputy Martin Kenny who has branded the removal of cardiac care at the Northwest facility as totally inappropriate.

The issue was raised in the Dail last night by the Sinn Fein representative as well as Sligo/Leitrim TD Marian Harkin.

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In response to their concerns Minister Mary Butler stated there was no other option but to transfer the service to Galway on June 30th due to a private company ceasing operations at some hospitals.

Both local deputies called for an adequate and permanent service for Sligo however the Minister says all future plans will be based on the national cardiology review which is in its final stages.

Deputy Kenny believes a clear message is being sent from the people of the Northwest and Government must respond:

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"There is no excuses, there is no other way of doing it, it has to be put in place and Minister, I would appeal to you to go back to the senior Minister and express those views. Because this isn't just the views of Deputy Harkin and me,  it is the view of all of the other TDs and local representatives  who feel very let down and feel very cross around the situation. The government simply has to deliver it."

 

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