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A Kerry TD has raised concerns about the potential loss of the county’s only rheumatologist.

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Sinn Féin Deputy Martin Ferris claims University Hospital Kerry could be about to lose Dr Muhammad Haroon due to the lack of support given to the rheumatology unit there.

Management at the hospital and the South/Southwest Hospital Group say they’re continuing to engage with Dr Haroon.
Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris says he’s been aware for a number of months that University Hospital Kerry rheumatologist Dr Muhammad Haroon has become extremely frustrated by the lack of support his unit has been given by the HSE.

This he claims has culminated in Dr Haroon’s threatened departure, which he says would be an unmitigated disaster for the hundreds of arthritis patients in Kerry.

He wants the rheumatology unit at UHK to be properly resourced and fully staffed, so patients can be reassured the service will continue.

A spokesperson for the South/South West Hospital Group says management at UHK and the hospital group are continuing to engage with Dr Haroon.

They agreed a Clinical Nursing Specialist was needed to support the Rheumatology Department, and have been working to recruit for this post.

They first interviewed for it in August 2015 but failed to secure a suitable candidate.

They re-advertised and a candidate was interviewed in April 2016; this person was offered the post but didn’t take it up.

Management say they’re working on a renewed recruitment campaign.