The HSE has confirmed it's examining the possibility that in the long term, services at the Shiel and Rock hospitals in Ballyshannon will be centralised at a single site.
Preliminary discussions with the Shiel Hospital Trust which owns the facility have been opened, but as of yet there is no timeframe for change. Any guarantees about the short term future of the Rock Hospital must be seen in this context, according to the HSE.
However, Senator Pearse Doherty says the statement raises more questions than answers. He says its clear that The Rock will close at some point, and there's no guarantee that the same level of public beds will remain in Ballyshannon. He also says it's worrying that the statement says nothing about Lifford.
He says real clarity is needed now..........