Chambers Calls on Minister for Health to appoint Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist without any further delays

Fianna Fáil Deputy for Mayo Lisa Chambers has said the continued delay in the appointment of a Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mayo University Hospital is completely unsatisfactory.

Deputy Chambers asked the Minister for Health through a Parliamentary Question “his plans to employ a Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mayo University Hospital and if not, the reason therefore” The response Deputy Chambers received was as follows; “The Hospital will be applying for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to support the Rheumatology service at Mayo University Hospital through the Saolta employee control process in June 2017.

Speaking on the matter Deputy Chambers said “the response I received was quite disappointing. It is completely unsatisfactory that to date we have no Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mayo University Hospital despite being promised this a number of years ago. Patients are being left without this vital service and are suffering as a result of this,” she said

“There appears to be no sense of urgency on the part of the Minister or the HSE to address this serious matter. My question was in relation to the appointment of a Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, an application from the hospital does not equate to an appointment,” she said

“We need assurances from the Minister of Health that the hospital will be fully supported by Government in its application and a Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist will be appointed at Mayo University Hospital without any further delay.”