Almost 200 consultants have written to the Health Minister Simon Harris, condemning Galway University Hospital as unsafe, inadequate and unfit for purpose.
The letter was written by the Chief Clinical Director of the Saolta University Healthcare Group and signed by every consultant working at UHG.
The letter contained criticism of the ageing facilities at the Galway hospital, which it describes as neither adequate nor safe for the delivery of high-quality healthcare.
The consultants are calling for the development of a new acute hospital in Galway to safely manage the healthcare needs of the region.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Galway West FG TD Hildegarde Naughton said UHG is one of the busiest hospitals in the country, and has reached saturation point.
She said the only solution is the development of a new hospital in Galway.