Confusion surrounding the retention of two Donegal community hospitals appear to be resolved.
Last week, Donegal TD Joe McHugh announced that the HSE intended to invest more than €4m in upgrading works to retain and enhance community hospital services in Stranorlar and Ramelton.
Minister McHugh confirmed the investment following a meeting with HSE Area Manager, John Hayes.
However a statement released by the SOS group claimed that future of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital is still uncertain.
The group branded the Minister’s statement as ‘fake news’, as the €4m investment would only see long stay beds in Stranorlar meet current HIQA standards until 2018.
The group said the HSE’s funding is nothing more than a basic interim measure.
“There is an attempt to present this announcement as something more than it is, perhaps even an attempt to misguide us as a committee, and to misguide the people of the Finn Valley.”
It has now emerged that following a meeting on Wednesday HSE Manager, John Hayes confirmed everything in Minister McHugh’s originial statement to the SOS group.
Minister McHugh said: “I am happy to stand by everything contained in my statement last week and I am happy to remind everyone of its contents; all of which was reiterated by Mr Hayes to those who really care about the future of our community hospitals, the SOS Group.
“The long-term future of Ramelton and St Joseph’s is contained in the HSE proposals. Work on a report on Lifford is continuing.
"Once again I have vowed to work so that there is a future for the Lifford Community Hospital campus.”
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