Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has got confirmation from the HSE that so far 51 patients from Donegal have been referred to Galway for chemotherapy treatment.
The HSE confirmed last week that due to difficulty in recruiting a second consultant at Letterkenny University Hospital that new chemotherapy patients had to be referred to Galway.
The health authority says it’s in the interests of patient safety.
However, the Donegal SInn Fein TD says that each of those referrals represents a sick and vulnerable patient who, having been denied access to cancer services locally, must now travel over 250km away to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
Meanwhile, Galway is one of the most overcrowded hospitals in the country today.
There are 34 people on trolleys there with only Cork and Limerick having higher numbers there today.
There are forty people on trolleys at hospitals in the North West with 22 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital and 18 in Sligo.