Five beds closed in Buncrana community hospital, exacerbating overcrowding at Letterkenny A&E

‘Shocking and serious’ staff shortages at Buncrana Nursing Unit have exacerbated the on-going overcrowding crisis at Letterkenny Hospital.

The ‘full capacity protocol’ was implemented at Letterkenny on Monday, with 40 patients waiting for beds and hospital management advising those attending to expect delays.

Cllr Rena Donaghey says an “inexcusable and unacceptable” reduction in bed capacity from 30 to 25 has further “choked up” the situation in Letterkenny.

“Patients are having to end up staying in Letterkenny for far longer because there is nowhere else to send them.

“We need Buncrana to be allowed to admit sick people, and we need day care services to be open.”

She says staff levels are at an “all time low” in Buncrana Nursing Unit, reduced to about 50% of the necessary levels, with retirements, maternity leave and other absences not being covered.

The Fianna Fáil councillor accused the HSE of trying to save money rather than lives.


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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.