NowDoc cuts would be ‘disasterous’ -warns Donaghey

NowDoc services cannot be reduced in Inishowen says councillor Rena Donaghey.

The Buncrana woman has said the Government and the HSE must oppose the reduction of the NowDoc service in County Donegal.

Cllr. Rena Donaghey has expressed her concern about a new proposal by GPs to centralise the Now Doc overnight services in Letterkenny, which could remove the overnight shift in Carndonagh and Derrybeg.

The proposal was confirmed by the Minister for Health James Reilly and the CEO of the HSE Cathal Magee at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last week.

Cllr Donaghey said: “This would be a retrograde step and is totally unacceptable, we have a population of 40,000 people which is 25% of the whole county’s population”.

“We are a very rural county and it is absolutely essential that this service is not removed or reduced in any way in fact we could do with having the service upgraded if anything”.

She added: “If this service was removed or reduced it would pose a direct risk to patients. Buncrana is the second biggest town in the county with a population of 9000 people including the environs.”

It is believed the recent proposal would see the so called ‘red eye’ shift, which runs from 11pm to 8am, removed from Carndonagh and Derrybeg in place of a centralised service in Letterkenny.

Colr Donaghey says such a cut would be disastrous and must be resisted by the HSE and the Minister for Health James Reilly.