UHK consultants warn they can’t continue to operate at current staffing levels

University Hospital Kerry consultants are warning they can’t continue to operate at current staffing levels and urgent action is needed.

Today’s Irish Examiner is reporting that consultants have written to the South SouthWest Group about the matter.

A draft letter seen by the Irish Examiner, shows doctors at University Hospital Kerry are considering going off-call.

This would result in patients having to travel to Cork by ambulance if consultants aren’t available outside normal working hours.

A meeting is due to take place today between the consultant board and CEO of the South South-West Group, Gerry O’Dwyer.

In their letter, consultants warn the hospital is under significant threat of a downgrade, as it’s without a full-time cardiologist or respiratory physician, which they say falls below the standard of care expected.

They say the hospital is unresourced and undersupported by the group, and this has resulted in a large number of consultants leaving the hospital.