Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs and TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte says she’s sickened by the lack of progress in appointing a paediatric diabetes consultant at University Hospital Galway.

The post was originally advertised in 2015 but more than two years on, the position is still vacant.

Deputy Rabbitte commented, “The delay in appointing a paediatric diabetes consultant at University Hospital Galway is absolutely scandalous.  Over the past two years, children and their families from Galway, Clare and Limerick have been forced to travel to Dublin because there is no consultant at UHG.  Not only is this completely inconvenient, there are serious concerns that delays to treatment could result in serious complications for these children.

“The lack of urgency shown by the HSE and Ministers Varadkar and Harris in speeding up the recruitment for such a senior post is bewildering to say the least.  These are children with a potentially life altering condition, who need constant monitoring and treatment.  They should be able to access that in the hospital nearest their home but instead are having to travel hundreds of kilometres to Dublin to be seen.

“The post in Galway has re-advertised following the withdrawal of a successful candidate.  That situation aside, why was there not a panel put in place so that the post could be filled without delay, without having to begin the full recruitment process all over again?  This will only further delay the appointment of a consultant.

“This post needs to be filled as a matter of urgency.  The fact that it has been lying vacant for more than two years is completely unacceptable and I am calling on Minister Harris to engage with the HSE and the Saolta Hospital Group to ensure that a consultant is recruited without delay”.