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The Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Sligo University Hospital says the hospital is currently “not fit for purpose”. Dr Fergal Hickey says the hospital needs a new block, consisting of a new emergency department, radiology department, a new theatre complex and a new intensive care unit. The new block would…

A Letterkenny-based surgeon says freelance or locum doctors are blackmailing hospitals by holding a wildcat strike. The Health Minister has called on the dispute to be resolved through proper channels. Some locum doctors have decided not to show up for work after the HSE reduced the hourly rate they are…

Strikes by stand-in doctors could close at least six hospital emergency departments. Locum staff are unhappy their pay has been cut from 40 Euro to 34 Euro an hour and are refusing to turn up for shifts. Yesterday Letterkenny University Hospital was one of the hospitals affected by the move.…