There is huge concern over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

It’s after families were contacted by the HSE yesterday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they are being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff.

A public meeting has been called for Clifden Town Hall tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion says locals are extremely concerned at this latest development.

She has been speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime.

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