Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the HSE’s decision to refuse proposals to remove the overnight NowDoc service from Carndonagh and Derrybeg.
Deputy McConalogue had strongly condemned the proposals to centralise the overnight service in Letterkenny, forcing sick people to travel long distances to see a GP during the night.
The Donegal North East TD commented, “I am delighted that the HSE has made the right decision in this instance. NowDoc is an absolutely essential service particularly given the geography of Donegal. Any cut in hours in any location would have been completely unacceptable, and it would have put patients at risk.
“The very essence of NowDoc is that it provides an emergency GP service to patients in need, particularly those in remote areas. Hundreds of families and older people in this county depend on this service and are greatly relieved to learn that is safe for now.
“I very much welcome the HSE’s sensible decision. It is heartening to see that the authorities have listened on this occasion to the concerns of the patients and communities who would be most affected by the proposed cuts,” said Deputy McConalogue.