Hospital 'unfit and unsafe' - doctors warn
Almost 200 consultant doctors have written to Health Minister Simon Harris condemning one of the country's busiest hospitals as "unsafe, inadequate, and unfit for purpose".
The letter was written by the chief clinical director of the Saolta University Healthcare Group, and was signed by every consultant working at University Hospital Galway (UHG).
It contained criticism of "ageing facilities" at the hospital, which it described as "neither adequate nor safe" for the delivery of high-quality healthcare, and called for the development of a new acute hospital in Galway "to safely manage the healthcare needs of the region".
An options appraisal on its facilities has since been sanctioned by the minister.
Hildegarde Naughton, Galway West TD, said: "UHG is one of the busiest hospitals in the country. It has reached a saturation point. The only solution is the development of a new hospital."
The Department of Health did not respond to comment.