Deputy Daly Calls For Additional Staff For UHK Rheumatology Department

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Deputy Pa Daly.

SINN Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, has called for additional resources to be provided for UHK’s Rheumatology Department.

Deputy Daly said he has written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asking his support for additional resources in the department which he said is grossly under-staffed and resourced at the moment.

He said this is resulting in severe delays on waiting lists and horrific pain and distress to those in Kerry that rely on UHK for care.

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Deputy Daly listed statistics from the Kerry branch of Arthritis Ireland which showed the number of people waiting for a rheumatology appointment at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) increased by 26% between January and September this year to 588 patients.

He said the statistics supplied to him showed that additional staff were needed and he has called for one full-time Consultant, one full-time Advanced Nurse Practitioner and
one full-time administrative or secretarial staff member.

“We are hearing serious concerns from inside the hospital that there is an imminent risk of the hospital being downgraded,” said Deputy Daly. “This will result in Kerry people travelling to Cork for diagnoses and treatment. We deserve a better level of service and I have asked Minister Donnelly to support my call for these resources to be funded as a matter of urgency.”


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