SERIOUS concerns have been expressed about the future of Bantry General Hospital after it emerged that yet another consultant is about to step down.
Independent TD Michael Collins said he had been informed that the consultant is due to leave his position shortly. And, when contacted by The Southern Star, a spokesperson confirmed: ‘Bantry General Hospital is currently in the process of recruiting two consultant general physicians posts.
‘One of the posts is to replace a locum, who will be departing the hospital shortly, and the other post is a newly created position.’
Deputy Collins said: ‘It was only this time last year, that I was highlighting the fact that Dr Abo Ghaly, a senior consultant, was about to leave after his contract expired.
‘Now, we are looking at another deficit in the hospital’s senior staff,’ said the TD, who believes the hospital has yet to find a replacement for the departing doctor.’
Deputy Collins added: ‘The hospital seems to be haemorrhaging consultants and it raises serious questions over the level of cover that is being offered to the people attending Bantry General Hospital.’
He has called for an urgent meeting with the management of Bantry General Hospital. He has also called on the HSE and the board of management at the hospital to find the replacements as ‘a matter of urgency.’