Updated: 05/10/16 : 05:37:57
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Sligo's lost 90-beds hospital boost blasted

THE COST of ''rebranding'' Sligo University Hospital was criticised in the Dáil yesterday, Tuesday.

Deputy Marc MacSharry said the money could have been ''better placed'' in upgrading facilities which had been promised.

Wrong Decision

He referred to a 90 bed unit which had been promised at the facility when it was known as Sligo Regional Hospital.

He said the promise had first been made in 2010 and ''by successive governments'' over the years since.

Added MacSharry: ''There is a 90-bed facility somewhere in the mix and I would very much like to see an update on that.

Shameful Act

''That hospital serves a population in the region of 280,000 and we are interested to know when precisely that will be up and running,'' said the Sligo TD.

MacSharry also castigated the Fianna Fáil led government which cut cancer services at the hospital.

''Quite frankly, (it) was a shameful act,'' he told the Dáil yesterday.

''My own party was in government at that time. It was the wrong decision then and it remains equally wrong today,'' said MacSharry.

Visiting Truck

He continued: ''Follow-up mammography for those ladies who require it was promised prior to the election.

''Now it seems what we will have is a truck visiting for two weeks per annum.''

But that, he said, would ''facilitate only those women who, thankfully, have been five years clear of cancer. That is all that will come.''