Speculation of ward closures and surgery cancellations at Letterkenny General

Unions are being called to a briefing at Letterkenny General Hospital on Thursday morning amidst concern that two wards may be closed in the coming weeks.

Last evening, reports started circulating among staff that two wards would close from September 1st, elective surgery would be cancelled for the remainder of the year, and up to 100 workers on temporary contracts would be let go.

Richie Carruthers of IMPACT says he's not aware of any planned closures, and the protocol would be to tell the unions before making any announcements.

He says whatever emerges at Thursday's briefing, the unions will be fighting to maintain services and staffing levels:

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