Buncrana man puts hospital hunger strike threat on hold

A Buncrana man who had threatened to go on hunger strike outside Letterkenny General Hospital has deferred the action after being contacted by the HSE and promised urgent attention.

Martin Gill from Parkmore claims that he has been seriously ill for three years, but cannot get a diagnosis. He says numerous referral letters have been sent to the hospital by his GP, but they have apparently disappeared. He says his weight has dropped by almost three stone, and he is losing movement on his right hand side.

On one occasion, he says, a doctor at the hospital's Emergency Department told him he needs physiotherapy, but he can't get the physiotherapy, because he cannot get a referral from a consultant.

Mr Gill was to have begun a hunger strike at the hospital today, but says he has deferred it after he was contacted last night............