A second breast surgeon has been appointed to Letterkenny University Hospital, it has been announced.

Saolta University Health Care Group have confirmed that they have completed the process of appointing the second surgeon and that they will commence work on July 24.

Welcoming the announcement, Donegal TD, Thomas Pringle said it was great news for many patients currently on the waiting list seeking treatment.

Deputy Pringle said: "I still believe the wait to get here has been unnecessarily long and arduous particularly for patients waiting to undergo treatment and more work needs to be done to ensure that future appointments are dealt with in a more efficient manner.

“I also welcome the development that Saolta are currently establishing a working group comprising representatives of LUH, Saolta Group and the Western Health & Social Care Trust to progress the plan to develop a long term cross-border linkage in the breast services.

“I believe cross-border links must be developed to their full potential and work should commence sooner rather than later. I look forward to seeing the working group lead on this."

"In the meantime, we are still waiting on the recruitment of a number of consultants across the spectrum of health services at LUH and would urge the Minister to prioritise recruitment particularly for adult and child Diabetes services which are also seeing lengthy waiting lists as time goes on" concluded Deputy Pringle.

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