Sligo Regional Hospital shoots down Colreavy ‘stolen cancer equipment’ claim.

‘Mammography equipment not stolen from hospital at any time.’

Sligo News File Online.

Sligo Regional Hospital-Saolta University Health Care Group has rejected claims reportedly made by Sligo/Leitrim Sinn Fein TD, Michael Colreavy that cancer equipment was stolen from
the hospital.

General Hospital Sligo Speaking under Dail privilage, Mr. Colreavy, a former HSE employee, allegedly stated that “mammography equipment was stolen overnight from Sligo General Hospital by agents of the
Health Service Executive some months ago.”

He is also said to have asserted that the equipment was purchased “following fund-raising by local people in Sligo, Leitrim, south Donegal and west Cavan.”

But now the hospital and Saolta have hit out at the apparent allegation, stating that “mammography equipment was not stolen from the hospital at any time.”

Explaining the position surrounding the equipment, the hospital and Saolta have said in a statement to Sligo News File Online that “it is important to clarify that mammography imaging equipment at
Sligo Regional Hospital was decommissioned recently as it was more than nine years old and did not meet current guidelines.

“Even if repaired it would suffer from inadequate detector size, inferior imaging performance and inability to fit up to date software.

“It is not acceptable from a patient safety perspective to maintain or retain equipment that is not fit for purpose. Our priority at all times is to ensure the delivery of safe patient care.

“This equipment has been purchased from SRH funds.”

The statement adds that “…the ultrasound machine which was largely funded from donations following fundraising led by the former Mayor of Sligo, Rosaleen O’Grady, and the hundreds of
other fundraisers who took part in the Inner Relief Road Walk in Sligo in 2005, is still in use in the hospital in the Maternity Services, having been assigned there a few years ago.”