Government has to immediately examine the need for a new hospital for Galway, says senator

Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has asked the Minister for Health Simon Harris to commission a new report on the need for a new hospital in Galway.

Speaking in the Seanad Senator Ó Clochartaigh said, “I am have been constantly raising the question of the crisis in Galway hospital here in the Oireachtas but under this Taoiseach it is getting worse rather than improving.”

Mr Ó Clochartaigh said that James Reilly, Leo Varadkar, and Enda Kenny visited University Hospital Galway and accepted that there was a deep crisis but have done nothing to solve the problem.

The Sinn Féin senator said, “Senior doctors in the SAOLTA hospital group have said that there is an urgent need for a brand new hospital in Galway, maybe on the site of the Merlin Park campus.

“There needs to be a fully staffed primary health centre in every area. There also needs to be doctors, nurses, and support staff in these facilities to help reduce the massive waiting lists. And the need for a new hospital in Galway certainly should be examined.”

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