Ó Domhnaill welcomes rejection of proposed cuts to NowDoc

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has welcomed the HSE’s rejection of proposals to withdraw the overnight NowDoc service in Derrybeg and Carndonagh.


Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “It will come as a huge relief to patients right across Donegal that the HSE has rejected these proposals.  Due to cuts in resources GPs had proposed to a withdrawal of the ‘Red Eye’ shift, which runs from 11pm to 8pm, from Derrybeg and Carndonagh.  This would have meant that anyone who falls ill and needs a doctor during the night in these areas would be forced to travel to Letterkenny.


“The very idea of the NowDoc service is that it provides out of hours medical care to patients who are unable to travel long distances for this care and do not need to attend a hospital A & E.  To restrict this service overnight, when patients most need it, would have put patients in remote areas at risk and had a ripple effect right throughout the health services in Donegal.


“The proposals have been reviewed by a team appointed by the HSE.  As a result, the HSE has now contacted GPs in NowDoc advising them that it’s not in a position to support the proposed restructuring of the service. 


“This is a welcome development, and I hope that it means the end of any discussion to cut such a crucial element of our health services in Donegal,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.


Posted: Jul 5, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized