Councillor claims Sligo the only hospital in country to be denied a new Emergency Department

A local councillor claims Sligo University Hospital is the only hospital in the country that has been denied the building of a new Emergency Department.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Thomas Healy says the upcoming modular building is being utilised only in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He says something more long-term is needed.

Latest figures show there are 99 vacant nurse and midwifery positions in the hospital.

Councillor Healy says the building of a new Emergecny Department would be a similar price to the temporary modular unit.