6 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The HSE came in for harsh criticism with regard to the shortage of GPs and the pressure on the North East Doctor-on-Call (NEDOC) service based in Castleblayney at last week’s meeting of Carrickmacross/ Castleblayney Municipal District.

The debate arose out of an item of correspondence from NEDOC’s Operations Manager Geraldine Kane in response to a letter from the Municipal District dated February 3rd.

Councillor Colm Carthy stated that some people in Carrick were finding it hard to get a GP to look after their families.

He went on to point out that those who were registered with local doctors were lucky if they got an appointment within 72 hours.

He cited examples of people ringing for an appointment on Friday and not being able to get one until the following Wednesday.

The Sinn Féin representative stated that people had been advised that they would be better off going straight to Drogheda which, in turn, was pushing the hospital there to breaking point.

Councillor Carthy said that he understood the reply the body had received from NEDOC, which stated that the introduction of free GP care for the under 6s was putting extra pressure on day time services, meaning that NEDOC had become an extension of day time service.

The letter went on to point out that the service was not designed for this purpose, rather: “The NEDOC service is an urgent out-of-hours service designed specifically to address medical conditions which ….

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