‘Frustration’ at lack of specialist MS nurse at University Hospital Limerick

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue in Seanad Eireann

Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue in Seanad Eireann

A GOVERNMENT minister has expressed “frustration” at the delay in recruiting a specialist nurse for the treatment of multiple sclerosis at University Hospital Limerick.

This comes after government senator Maria Byrne raised concerns in Seanad Eireann over a lack of a clinical specialist nurse in neurology.

In May last, The Leader reported that the UL Hospitals Group failed in its bid to secure HSE funding for the recruitment of two CNS positions for MS care, two years in a row.

At the time, spokesperson told this newspaper that it was making another submission for the 2019 estimates process.

In Leinster House Maria Byrne stated: “In response to my calls for an update on the recruitment of clinical nurse specialist post in neurology for UHL having first raised this issue with the HSE in April of this year, Minister [Jim] Daly has confirmed a job application for this position has now only been finalised by the UL Hospitals Group for submission to the HSE national recruitment service.”

In response in the Seanad, the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People said: “This is the frustration I share with the Senator so I will certainly take up the issue and in my role as Minister of State with help from the Minister and his office, will ensure that I do justice to her prioritising of it in the House and ensure attention goes back down the chain with regard to refocusing attention on this issue to ensure there is a timely conclusion to this recruitment process.”