14 July 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth has called on Health Minister Stephen Donnelly TD to address the impact in Co Monaghan of the restructuring of Doctor on Call services, and the pressures currently being faced by the county’s GPs. In a Topical Issues debate in the Dáil on Thursday last, Deputy Smyth also called for the Minor Injury Unit service at Monaghan Hospital to be extended to a 24-hour service.

Speaking to the Northern Standard this week, Deputy Smyth said she had raised the reconfiguration of North East Doctor On Call or NEDOC services, due to be implemented in early August, because of the concern this had generated among her constituents. “ I also cited the ongoing issues with a GP shortage in this constituency and called on the Minister to take action immediately in the interest of public health,” Deputy Smyth stated.

“GP access for constituents is also a problem I am seeing in my office.” In her Dáil contribution, Deputy Smyth said the reconfiguration of NEDOC due to come into effect on August 4 was causing worry among her constituents. “A change to the service will come into effect within a matter of weeks,” she stated. “This essentially means there is going to be a reduction in the service where out-of-hours care on a face-to-face basis will only be provided until 10.30 pm on weekdays and 10 pm at the weekends. I do not need to tell the Minister of State it is often at night-time or the weekend that things happen, accidents happen and people become…

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