The HSE has confirmed the review period for the NowDoc service at Carndonagh has been extended by six weeks.
They were responding to questions put to them by the Journal, after Councillor Bernard McGuinness said he was “very, very concerned” at reports the doctor attached to the service in Carn had been told he was to be transferred at the end of June.
Councillor McGuinness, a member of Regional Health Forum West, said were told at a meeting last week they were being consulted, but now have to ask if they’re “being misled.”
He added it would be a “disgrace if Inishowen was to be left “vulnerable.”
He said: “They’re saying there are low calls from 12am-8pm but anyone who uses the service at this time needs it desperately. Calls at this time are real emergencies.
“This, as well as the geography of Inishowen and Donegal has not been taken into consideration and if we are downgraded in any way, it would be criminal.” He asked: “If someone was to die during the night because they couldn’t access medical services, who would be responsible? It’s crazy, it’s not right and it would be criminal neglect.”
A spokesperson for the HSE said they, along with GPs and Caredoc are engaged in further discussions as to the future organisation and delivery of the service, adding all paries were “committed to assuring the public and service users that services will continue to be provided in a safe and responsive manner.”
They added that having “acknowledged the concerns raised by the elected representatives and the public, regarding the potential changes under consideration, it has now been agreed that the review process, will be extended to analyse call activity and response time data for a further six week period.