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Concern over pancreas transplants
30 Jul 2015 14:02
A patient who is waiting for a pancreas transplant has said she feels abandoned in the wake of the failure of health authorities to replace the country's only pancreas transplant surgeon.
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Dr David Hickey retired at the end of last year and there have been no pancreas transplants this year.
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No interviews have been held to replace him.
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Patients waiting for a pancreatic transplant are delivering a petition signed by 15,000 people to Beaumont Hospital today calling on the hospital not to abandon them.
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However, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said that the transplant programme will be re-established at St Vincent's Hospital, from September.
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The National Clinical Lead for Renal Services, Dr Liam Plant, today said he understands transplants will take place under the new system from that time.
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The waiting list for pancreas transplants has been suspended and no new patients are being added to the list.
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