A SCANNING service used to measure bone density suspended a year ago at Naas General Hospital will resume shortly.
The dexa scanning service was suspended this time last year due to a shortage of radiographer staffing levels at the hospital.
Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin said the service will resume in the second quarter of this year.
“The service was suspended in Naas Hospital on 28 March last year due to significant reduction in radiographer staffing levels in Naas General Hospital and a shortage of radiographers to fill existing vacancies through local campaigns within the HSE,” said Deputy O’Loughlin.
“There are currently 850 people waiting for Dexa scans in Naas Hospital and there are waiting times of 20 months for GP referrals and ten months wait for outpatient appointments. These waiting lists are shocking and only increasing as time goes on due to suspended service almost a year now.
“These shortages reiterate the concerns raised by the INMO that our nurses are leaving as a direct result of pay and working conditions. Dexa scanning is hugely important and service must be restored to max capacity to reduce these waiting times. The Minister can see the figures right in front of him and still little action is being taken to entice our nurses to move him and to train in fields that we have low levels of staffing.”