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Galway West TD welcomes Health Minister's visit to Galway

Friday, 17th February, 2017 12:55pm

Health Minister, Simon Harris will visit University Hospital Galway on Monday. 

His long awaited visited has been welcomed by Independent Galway West TD, Catherine Connolly. 

Deputy Connolly stated that, "It is vitally important that he confirms that funding will be made immediately available for the upgrading of the new Accident and Emergency and that the recruitment of the necessary front line staff is given priority."

She added that it is equally important that he gives the go ahead for the planning of a new hospital at Merlin Park. Adding, "The need for a new hospital has been clearly articulated by the Clinical Director of the hospital and by senior management in a written submission to the Minister in mid-December. Indeed they have pointed out that not alone is the Accident and Emergency not fit-for-purpose but that the hospital itself is not fit for purpose."

"In this regard it has been repeatedly pointed out that the lack of capacity in the hospital is number one on the risk register."

She hopes that the Minister will take the opportunity to visit the facility from which the ambulance service works at Merlin Park. "These facilities were to be for an interim three month period and almost three years later the ambulance team is working in unsuitable and unsafe conditions."

The Minister has previously outlined that he will address these issues during his visit to Galway. 

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