Letterkenny University Hospital will be one of the 18 hospital locations to hold a community and staff ‘Day of Action’ today (January 21) at 1pm. The ‘Day of Action’ is being held to highlight the overcrowding crisis that is impacting the staff and patients equally in Letterkenny University Hospital.
Mary T. Sweeney, Chairperson of the Letterkenny Hospital Campaign has condemned the latest figures from the HSE which shows A&E continues to deal with record attendance levels.
Speaking to the Donegal News, Mary T. said Letterkenny University Hospital was the second worst affected on Tuesday, with Cork University being worst affected.
“Hopefully, this Saturday will see one of the most widespread mobilisations of citizens in this country in support of a functioning health service. In some places we expect thousands to turn out and in other cases it will be hundreds. But the message is crystal-clear – there is deep anger and frustration across Ireland at the constant chaos in our failing health service and our message in Donegal is simply: If you care – please be there,” she said.
The aim of today’s demonstration at Letterkenny University Hospital is to underline to Government that additional staff and resources need to be prioritised for Donegal towards front-line services.
Commenting on Saturday’s demonstration, Mary T. said we need a change of attitude from the Department of Health and HSE.
“This can only be achieved by shouting as loudly as possible, all together and in Donegal, we need to shout at least twice as loud,” she said.