Expensive name change not required for LKG status upgrade

It's emerged that Letterkenny General Hospital could be upgraded to regional status without a name change.

As budgetary shortfalls loom, Health Minister Dr James Reilly has confirmed he is looking at a possible reclassification of the hospital, which would allow management charge private patients and insurance companies more.

Hospital Manager Sean Murphy says the issue was raised with the minister during his visit to the hospital this week, and an early decision could be made.

He says it can be done quite easily, with no need for the expense of a name change:

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