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Exclusive: Galway surgeon wanted LGH breast service ended

The North West Breast Centre clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital.

The North West Breast Centre clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital.

BY HARRY WALSH

THE lead Breast Surgeon at University Hospital, Galway has called on the HSE to terminate the service in Letterkenny and transfer patients to Galway.

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In a series of hard-hitting internal corresepondents between high ranking health care professionals, copies of which have been seen by the Donegal News, Mr Ray McLaughlin, Breast Surgeon UCHG, offered to draw up a plan to transfer the service to Galway.

The most damning piece of correspondence comes from Mr McLaughlin, who suggested in August that they consider termination of the Letterkenny service.

“The inescapable conclusion is that the service is not viable, its KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are failing and I think we need to consider acting,” Mr McLaughlin wrote in a letter to  Bill Maher, then CEO of Saolta Health Group.

The only breast cancer surgeon Letterkenny General Hospital, Mr Michael Sugrue, has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that ladies in the North West can be treated locally.

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