Health Minister: Letterkenny Emergency Department is performing well with no crisis

Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has expressed his shock at claims by the HSE that the current Emergency Department at Letterkenny General has been performing well in recent months.

Following confirmation the news E.D will open in the summer, the Dail was told an assessment by the Special Delivery Unit of the HSE  found the current Emergency Department has been performing very well.

Despite clinics being cancelled do to over crowding and the I.N.M.O reporting an increase of people on trolleys, Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch denied there is a crisis:

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Deputy MacLochlainn welcomed confirmation the new ED would open in June or July but express shock at that claim, telling Minister Lynch if she comes to Donegal, she'll hear a very different story:

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