Thousands support campaign to save Sligo consultant
Published 18/07/2011 | 05:00
THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition calling for the retention of a consultant obstetrician/ gynaecologist whose contract at Sligo General Hospital (SGH) expires at the end of this month.
The organisers of the campaign in support of Dr Raouf Sallam have also sought a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly on the issue.
Hundreds of people attended a protest march in Sligo recently in support of the consultant and supporters were in Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon and Sligo on Saturday collecting signatures.
Leitrim-based Ms Mary Murray said over 4,000 people have now pledged support, either through the petition or on Facebook.
A 'Save Doctor Sallam 4 Sligo' campaign was launched last month when it emerged that the consultant -- who has worked at SGH for four years -- would not be re-appointed when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Sligo GP Dr Helen Fitzsimons said people felt very strongly about this "because of the amazing work" done by Dr Sallam over the past four years.
In a statement on the issue, the HSE said there were three permanent consultant obstetrician/ gynaecologists at SGH. Two of these posts were currently filled on a permanent basis, and one on a temporary basis. The HSE said that the third permanent post had been advertised and interviews held.
It confirmed a permanent consultant candidate had been recommended for appointment and was due to take up the post at the end of July.