Buncrana man threatens hunger strike outside hospital

A Buncrana man is threatening to go on hunder strike outside Letterkenny General Hospital today, claiming that he has been seriously ill for three years, but cannot get a diagnosis.

Martin Gill from Parkmore has told the Derry Journal that this is the "last throw of the dice", claiming he's being passed around the medical profession like snuff at a wake.

Martin Gill says his weight has dropped by almost three stone, and he is losing movement on his right hand side. However, while he has a file of over 30 referral letters, he cannot get a diagnosis.

Mr Gill, who had a heart attack two years ago, says he is in a Catch 22 style situation where he cannot get the treatment he believes he needs because he is trapped in a beaurocratic nightmare . 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, a former barber, told the Derry Journal that he has lost his employment as a result of his condition, and he now has a constant twitch on his right hand side. he says he is suicidal, and he will go on hunger strike outside the hospital until someone tells him what is wrong with him.