There is now a 5 year waiting list for outpatient diabetes services in University Hospital Limerick
Independent Councillor, Elisa O’Donovan launched a campaign last week, to ask the Minister Health for immediate funding for 8 roles at UHL, including a specialist dietician.
Coupled with the long waiting list, there is no Insulin Pump Therapy support for newly diagnosed adults.
There are currently around 2000 people living with Type 1 diabetes in the Mid-Western region, and many more with Type 2 diabetes.
Cllr O’Donovan plans to bring this motion before Limerick City Council in December.
She said: “The Mid-West is far behind every other health service in Ireland in relation to diabetes care that’s what this is about.”
University Hospital Limerick have acknowledged the fact that their diabetes services are seriously under-resourced.
Anna Clarke, Research and Advocacy manager at Diabetes Ireland said: “We would state that it is well acknowledged that UHL is under-resourced in terms of diabetes manpower and would urgently seek to have these specialists got into post.”
She added: “Having a councillor behind a campaign like this is vital.”
Cllr Elisa O’Donovan has asked anyone with diabetes to get in contact with her in relation to services in Limerick via email email@example.com