Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says the Government must take urgent action to retain hospital consultants, following the resignation of a prominent urologist at Letterkenny General Hospital. Mr. Kevin Moran tendered his resignation after claiming he could no longer take care of his patients because of inadequate resources.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “Mr. Moran’s decision to resign means the loss of a very experienced consultant who has contributed much to the development of services at the hospital during his career. However, his resignation highlights the systemic failures which are not being addressed in our health service, and I am deeply concerned that if the status quo is maintained, more consultants will be forced out of the system, and an already pressurised service will buckle under the strain.
“Mr. Moran indicated that a lack of access to beds and theatre times were preventing him from carrying out his responsibilities and being able to provide appropriate care to patients. He also cited difficulties in recruiting and retaining medical and support staff.
“Mr. Moran’s experience is not an isolated one and it is now incumbent on the Government to take urgent action to address these issues. It is clear that patient safety is already being compromised, and services will continue to deteriorate unless there is effective intervention.
“The situation in Letterkenny is no doubt being replicated in hospitals across the country. There has been an abject failure to deliver a functional rotation system for junior doctors, and hospitals like Letterkenny are losing out. I am calling on Minister Leo Varadkar to meet with the management of Letterkenny General Hospital and the Saolta Hospital Group to address the recruitment crisis and to discuss the possibility of fast-tracking the introduction of a rotation system to alleviate the current situation”.