Letterkenny General may be given regional status to boost income

Letterkenny General Hospital may be upgraded to regional status in order to being in more money from the hospital's private work.

Health Minister James Reilly indicated at an Oireachtas Health Committee meeting last evening that he is considering the classification of the hospital, as it is paid less than other large hospitals which do similar amounts of work.

Two weeks ago, Deputy Joe Mc Hugh told the Dail an upgrade to regional status could bring in an extra €2.2 million each year.

Responding to questions from Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue last evening, Minister Reilly said it's something he is examining. However, he warned there is no quick fix, and no extra money: