The HSE says upgrading Donegal's community hospitals to comply with legal provisions on residential care will require significant capital investment.
The estimated cost of upgrading the HSE’s Community Hospitals in Donegal to full compliance is in excess of €40 million, and national discussions are ongoing to consider how this issue should be addressed.
The HSE was responding to questions from Highland Radio News on the future of Lifford Hospital and the Shiel and Rock Hospitals in Ballyshannon.
Decisions on their future were expected last year after fears that they were about to close. However, no decisions have yet been made.