Pringle urges government action on treatment refusal issue

Donegal SW Deputy Thomas Pringle has challenged the government on the refusal of Dublin hospitals to treat patients from outside their catchment area due to funding issues by the HSE.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions, the Independent TD stated that a policy has emerged in the Dublin hospitals that is preventing seriously ill people from getting treatment.

Deputy Pringle raised the case of a Donegal woman who had a spinal stimulator removed from her back for an MRI scan at St Vincent's Hospital, but they are refusing to replace it because they say they have no funding for it.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore suggested that details of the case be passed onto the Health Minister, but Deputy Pringle says that's not good enough...........