HSE tell Carthy that Carrickmacross has ‘adequate number of GPs’
The HSE has told Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, that there are no plans to recruit additional GPs in the Carrickmacross area, claiming that the area is adequately served at present.
Deputy Carthy had asked Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, to outline whether he had proposals to increase the number of GPs in South Monaghan but the Minister had referred the matter to the HSE.
In a written response received last week by Deputy Carthy from Mr. Dermot Monaghan, Head of Service, Primary Care, for Counties Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal the HSE contended:
“It is the HSE’s view that in comparison to other towns in the region Carrickmacross has an adequate number of GP’s per head of population. In addition to the long standing Group practice, you may be aware that in recent years a new single handed practice opened in the town. We are not recruiting in Carrickmacross as no vacancy exists there currently”.
This week Teachta Carthy said:
“Carrickmacross has always been well served by hard-working and dedicated GPs and support staff. In recent times the workload at GP practices has intensified not least due to the additional complications brought on by Covid-19.
“GPs are at the coalface of the battle against the Coronavirus. Aside from being the conduit for test referrals they are also burdened by the restrictive measures that are necessary to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.
“Over recent months, I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have found it difficult to secure GP appointments and this has created natural consternation for them and their families. I am disappointed that the HSE have responded to these concerns in such a dismissive manner. The concerns raised with me are genuine and need to be addressed. I will be requesting that the Health Minister makes a personal intervention to ensure that GPs are allocated the supports that they require and that patients are provided with the assurances that they can get appointments when needed”.