Deputy Michael Lowry has criticised the response received from the Government further to concerns raised about the delay in filling essential paediatric diabetes posts in the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick.
In a Parliamentary Question submitted to the Minister for Health Deputy Lowry urged the Minister to explain the delays in filling dietician and paediatric diabetes positions and take immediate steps to ensure these key posts are filled without further delay.
The response received, Deputy Lowry stated, was grossly inadequate and hugely frustrating.
“Minister Reilly has simply stated that these posts will be filled ‘as soon as possible’. This ambiguity and uncertainty after so long is simply not good enough. Until these posts are sanctioned the children with diabetes in Tipperary will not have access to insulin pump therapy, the recognised best care. Children in Tipperary have now been transferred from hospitals in Dublin back to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in anticipation of this service becoming available. They are now left stranded without access to this treatment and in limbo as to when these positions will be filled. The HSE has committed to making this service available outside of Dublin but to date this has yet to become a reality. Given the fact that they are living outside of Dublin they are essentially being treated as second class citizens. Sanction has been given for these posts over a year ago and this continued bureaucracy and heel dragging can no longer be tolerated.