Letterkenny Town Council has been told that if implemented, cutbacks at the Letterkenny hospital will mark the beginning of the end for a number of services.
The claim was made by Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, as the council unanimously backed his motion seeking an immediate meeting with Minister James Reilly to lobby for more resources.
He reiterated recent figures produced by Sinn Fein showing that while Letterkenny General receives less money than most other hospitals, it is achieving substantially more.
He particularly welcomed the new unit coming on stream this week, but stressed it shouldn't be at the expense of other services.
The council also noted that with over 1,500 staff, the hospital is far and away the town's biggest employer.
Cllr Mc Monagle says the economic impact of any downgrading cannot be overlooked: