Government cannot intervene in Letterkenny General Hospital extension delay

Junior Health Minister Roisin Shorthall has told the Dail the government cannot intervene in the delay in completing the new extension at Letterkenny General Hospital, but a meeting last week may see progress shortly.

The project has been stalled since last year when Mc Namara Construction went into receivership.

The delay was raised in the Dail last night by Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who said cancelled clinics and intolerable delays in A&E are becoming commonplace, and staff morale is at an all time low. He also raised the plight of sub contractors who have not been paid.

Minister Shorthall said the project can only recommence when the insurers approve a new contract. She said this may happen shortly, but it will still take a minimum of 20 weeks to complete and furnish the new facility.

On the issue of the sub-contractors, she said the HSE will do what they can, but can make no promises:

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