The HSE is currently engaging with NoWDOC staff and their union representatives in relation to the redeployment of NoWDOC receptionist staff to other HSE services in Co Donegal, the Irish Medical Times is reporting today.
The HSE has told the paper today that redeployment of the co-op staff from four centres in Co Donegal to just one in Ballybofey fell under the Croke Park Agreement and was a separate issue to the current review of service provision, which the GPs were carrying out.
The HSE wants to redeploy reception staff from outreach centres in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Derrybeg and Mountcharles in Donegal to Ballybofey,
In a statement the HSE told the paper: “GPs have not submitted any proposal regarding changes in the provision of NoWDOC services to the HSE for consideration and therefore it would be premature for the HSE to make further comment at this time.”
Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said today: “I understand that the HSE is awaiting proposals from the GPs on what alternatives they would propose. However, it is my firm belief that there can be no downgrading whatsoever of the NoWDOC services in rural areas, given the fact that these areas are up to 80 miles from Letterkenny General Hospital.
“I am calling on the Minister for Health to intervene to ensure that emergency access to GP care is maintained at all centres in Co Donegal. I am also urging the GPs and the HSE to retain the service in its current format.”