Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the appointment of a mediator to chair talks on the future of NOWDOC services in the county.

There are concerns across Donegal that the service could be suspended after Caredoc, the organisation acting as the coordinator of NOWDOC, indicated that it plans to withdraw its services from March 1st if a resolution to funding negotiations with the HSE are not resolved.

Deputy McConalogue says that this must not happen, “I have been in contact with both GP’s and the HSE over recent days on this issue emphasizing the importance of ensuring that an agreement is reached and that that the service provided by Caredoc is not suspended. As a rural County, the “Red-Eye” service NOWDOC currently provides is of particular importance.

“We cannot have a situation where there is a reduction in the out of hours GP service or any increased dependence on an already overstretched ambulance service. The potential knock-on effects are tenfold especially given the overcrowding situation in our A&E Department over the last number of months.

“I welcome the appointment of a mediator and I hope that this will bring about the agreement necessary to ensure that this vital service is continued. It is crucial that the current level of service is maintained. There must be cross party support to ensure that the service provided by NOWDOC is continued and there is no dilution of service” concluded Deputy McConalogue.