TD says we can’t allow University Hospital Kerry to be downgraded

A Kerry TD says we cannot allow University Hospital Kerry to be downgraded.

Deputy John Brassil was speaking after the Irish Examiner revealed details of a letter written by consultants in the hospital warning they can’t continue to operate at current staffing levels and urgent action is needed.

The Fianna Fail deputy, who has previously raised similar concerns with the South/South West Hospital Group, has described the letter as unprecedented.

Deputy Brassil said nursing staff he met with recently are at breaking point and the hospital group, which he is planning to meet with again soon, doesn’t act clinically in a co-ordinated manner: