Donegal has been targeted for more health service cuts, with the HSE confirming plans to scrap the bus carrying Donegal patients to hospitals in Dublin. Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has described the decision as ‘deeply disappointing’ and has said patients who need to travel to Dublin for treatment will be directly impacted.
“This daily bus service to Dublin hospitals has been a god send over the years for cancer patients in particular who require specialist treatment in Dublin hospitals. The news today that the HSE is cancelling the service at the end of the month comes as another major blow to health services in Donegal,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.
“People are justifiably wondering how it is that Donegal is consistently targeted by this Government for particularly harsh cuts to local health services? Dozens of community hospital beds in Donegal have already been shut down this year at the request of the Health Minister James Reilly, and he is expected to close dozens more here in the coming months. Now, patients who depend on this HSE bus to get them to appointments at hospitals in Dublin, are being left in the lurch.
“I intend to raise this matter in Seanad Éireann at the earliest possible opportunity. I have already requested a special debate on the matter in the Seanad tomorrow (Thursday, 12 July). While I accept that public spending needs to brought under control, the money required for this bus service is modest considering the comfort and support it provides patients.”