ANGRY parents have accused Health Minister James Reilly of reneging on a deal after a decision to axe a full-time paediatric diabetes nurse.
Nurse Avril McCloskey worked with 141 children in Co Donegal who suffer from type-one diabetes.
But her children-only role has been axed by Letterkenny General Hospital.
She has been integrated into a small team of four medics who will also care for 5,000 adult diabetes patients.
Angry parents and children yesterday picketed Letterkenny General Hospital as Dr Reilly arrived to re-open the emergency department wrecked in last summer's flood.
Catriona Greene and her eight-year-old daughter Shannon choked back tears as they spoke of losing the full-time role.
"I'm up almost every night, sometimes at three or four o'clock in the morning, and Avril is always there for us," said the mother of two from Derrybeg in Gweedore.
"Now her position is gone. She has been moved to look after adults as well and that is a step back for us and for our children."
The hospital insisted in a statement that the level of resources would remain unchanged, but confirmed it was doing away with a children-only service.