The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) needs to be called in to establish what is happening at Mayo University Hospital in relation to the crossover of hospital staff with covid and non covid patients.

That’s the view of the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne.

The call comes after extensive attempts have been made by the Cathaoirleach, by Midwest News and many others to clarify if there continues to be a crossover of staff at the Castlebar Hospital between patients with and without the virus.

Since last week Midwest News has sought an interview with the CEO of Saolta Tony Canavan or the Manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohoe - but neither have been available about this question of staff dealing with both patients tested positive with the virus and non covid patients.

Finally yesterday afternoon we did receive a written statement from Saolta and while it provides some information on the management of patients at the hospital around the pandemic, it does not answer the direct question asked, about the crossover of staff between covid and non covid patients.

This morning again Midwest News was contacted by a number of listeners who insist that up to last number of days there were non-covid patients on wards with patients who had tested positive for the virus.

Midwest News contacted Saolta again today and asked about this alleged practice and we are awaiting a response.

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