Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says he’s alarmed by plans to cut the NowDoc out of hours service for north Donegal. Following information received by Deputy McConalogue, it is clear that the HSE and Caredoc is planning to reduce night cover hours in both the Carndonagh and Derrybeg centres.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “I am concerned by the plans to discontinue the out of hours GP service in Carndonagh, Letterkenny and Derrybeg and replace this essential service with two mobile GPs to cover this vast area.
“This is an essential service that must be maintained. Any downgrade will not be tolerated by the local community. These are literally life or death issues and the HSE has a duty to the public to ensure that residents in north Donegal have access to a local out of hours GP service.
“NowDoc is particularly important given the geography of Donegal. I will be making this clear to the HSE when I meet with management and Donegal Health Forum representatives tomorrow.”