TDs demand “urgent answers” following resignation of top cancer surgeon from Letterkenny General Hospitals

Letterkenny General Hospital.
Letterkenny General Hospital.

Two of Donegal’s TDs are demanding “urgent answers” from the Minister for Health and the management of Saolta University Healthcare Group following the resignation of Dr. Kevin Moran from Letterkenny General Hospital.

Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty also want answers over the Consultant Urologist and Surgeon’s “damning comments about the management of the hospital and the resources available to him.”

Dr. Moran, who is one of the country’s top cancer surgeons and has been in his post for 24 years.

He has now tendered his resignation, stating he did not have the resources to properly treat patients and also raised concerns over staff recruitment, retention and training.

In a joint statement, the two Donegal Deputies said: “Over recent years, we have repeatedly raised our serious concerns about the resources available to Letterkenny General Hospital. Only this week, we met Tony Canavan, the Director of Operations of the Saolta University Healthcare Group and Sean Murphy, the LGH Manager to discuss those concerns.

They added: “Only days after that meeting we now read about the disturbing resignation and comments of Dr Kevin Moran, the respected Consultant Urologist and Surgeon at the Hospital. A major concern is how can the Saolta Group recruit a replacement Consultant Urologist, a role vital to the hospital and the people of Donegal, following Dr Moran’s devastating assessment of the supports available to his department and the hospital?

“We are demanding an urgent response from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and the management of the Saolta University Healthcare Group to the issues Dr Moran has raised. The people of Donegal demand a hospital that is provided with the resources and staff required to deliver the health services they need and that they are entitled to”.