Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Sligo-Leitrim Senator Marc Mac Sharry says he has grave concerns about the future of services at the Emergency Department at Sligo University Hospital following news that the Saolta Hospital Group has begun a review of ED services across the North West.  The group manages 7 hospitals in the West and North West including Letterkenny University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital and University Hospital Galway.

Senator Mac Sharry commented, “I am extremely concerned about the review that is being undertaken by the Saolta Hospital Group, which is looking at the provision of ED services across hospitals in the North West and I am particularly worried about the implications for Sligo University Hospital.

“I understand that one of the options being considered is the possibility of reducing ED services to a 12 hour period.  This would be disastrous for Sligo and put an even bigger strain on the other hospitals in the region which would have to shore up capacity.  The Emergency Department at Sligo University Hospital is an integral part of service provision in this region and any move to cut resources must be avoided at all costs.

“Sligo University Hospital serves a population of 260,000 people and is an integral part of the hospital network in the North West.  Reduced services are not an option.  Health Minister Leo Varadkar and his Fine Gael colleagues in this constituency Tony McLaughlin and John Perry must move to clarify this situation without delay.  It is completely unacceptable to have the possibility of reduced ED services hanging over our heads before the Election.

“This Government has presided over an unmitigated disaster in healthcare over the past five years and now it’s planning to slash services at Sligo University Hospital.  Minister Varadkar must make a statement immediately on the matter so that the people of Sligo and the North West can go to the polls in full knowledge of what is coming down the line”.