GP out of hours service to be rolled out to three North -West counties

Service for Sligo, Leitrim and Cavan to commence before year end
Practitioners ‘totally behind new undertaking’

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Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim

Fine Gael, T.D. for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has confirmed that a new GP out of hours service for Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan will be fully operational within months.

The Deputy stated that he has received written assurances from the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar T.D. that the service will be coming on stream in November.

He said the “written assurance has come on the back of positive discussions” he had with Minister Varadkar about local health services in this region when the Minister recently visited the county for the meeting of the Cabinet in Lissadell House.

Commenting on the development, he said he had told the Minister that “Sligo was one of the only a few counties in the country” not to have a such service in place in 2013 and 2014.

“I did not believe that the large area of the North-West should be left without such a service any longer.

“…with the assistance of the GP community locally, I successfully lobbied the Department of Health, the HSE and Minister Varadkar TD on the issue over the last two years, and I am delighted now that this decision has been reached and that I have been able to deliver this vital service to the local communities involved. 

“…the GP community in the area are totally behind this new project and it was this reality that has ultimately led to the success of the proposal” he added.