Donegal Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn is seeking “urgent clarification” on reports that management at Letterkenny University Hospital have issued a directive to consultants to “scale back” on elective surgeries during the months of January and February.
He said this was reportedly to ‘free up’ beds at the hospital in anticipation of an increased demand on the Accident and Emergency Department through that period.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn emailed hospital manager Sean Murphy seeking clarification on the isse.
The TD stated this instruction has led to “serious concern around patient safety within the hospital”. Deputy Mac Lochlainn challenged Mr Murphy on how he could “justify” this instruction when “according to the latest available figures from the NTPF there werre currently 1,742 in-patients on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital and a shocking 13,950 out-patients on waiting lists. 3,338 waiting over a year”. He also asks the hospital manager “is this instruction motivated by a political imperative to sacrifice patients on waiting lists in order to avoid the embarrassing spectacle of patients on trolleys ahead of an election”.