Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the HSE and the government to urgently recruit staff so that a number of beds in Ramelton Community Hospital can re-open.

The hospital has capacity for 30 beds, however only 26 are currently occupied because of staff shortages.

Deputy McConalogue commented, “The only way to ease the intense pressure that health services in Co. Donegal are under is to open up the closed beds.  Ramelton provides excellent step down care and should be operating at full capacity, however four beds are closed as a result of staff shortages.  This means people who could be discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital are having to remain there until a bed in another facility becomes available.  This in turn is impacting overcrowding at the hospital.

“With Letterkenny University Hospital already experiencing record trolley numbers this year, the re-opening of these four beds would make a real difference and would ease the pressure on an already overstretched system. We cannot afford to wait to see the beds at Ramelton Community Hospital reopened.

“Staff must be identified and recruited immediately so that Ramelton can operate at maximum capacity. I will be pursuing this matter with the Minister for Health and the HSE at every opportunity”, concluded Deputy McConalogue.