HSE defends Lifford Hospital closure proposal

The HSE is defending the proposal to close Lifford Community Hospital, saying the level of staff cuts being imposed on the service in Donegal locally means the hospital is no longer sustainable.

Staff and patients are expressing dismay at the proposal.

Dr Martin Coyne is a GP and medical officer at Lifford Hospital, he says the decision is a devastating blow for all concerned.............

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/coyne1pm.mp3[/podcast]

John Hayes is the HSE Area Manager for Donegal.

Speaking to Greg Hughes on the Shaun Doherty Show today, he said while efficiencies have been secured across all services in Donegal, budget cuts and staffing constraints men difficult decisions have to be taken..........

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/hayes1pm.mp3[/podcast]