McLoughlin welcomes HSE move to provide 24 hour Sligo GP service.

‘Service included in HSE Operation Plan for 2015’

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Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Fine Gael Sligo-Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin has welcomed
HSE plans to establish a new 24 hour GP service in Sligo. 

Deputy McLoughlin said in a statement that Sligo was one of the only few counties in the country not to have such a service in 2014.

“After receiving numerous requests for assistance with establishing the service from a number GP’s and patients in Co. Sligo, I am now very pleased that my representations to the Minister for Health on the issue have been acted upon, and I welcome the recent decision to include the service in the HSE Operation Plan for 2015.

“During January 2014, I raised this issue, via Parliamentary Question, with the former Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, but it was not deemed to be a feasible option at that time. However, with the assistance of the GP community in Co. Sligo, who wish to see this service in place for the benefit of people of Sligo and its environs, I subsequently lobbied the Department of
Health, the HSE and Minister Varadkar on the issue, and I am delighted that this decision has been reached.”

He said the GP community in Co. Sligo was “totally behind the new project”, which is what “ultimately led to the success of the idea. 

“I will now make further representations to the Minister for Health, to ensure that this service is established as quickly as possible for the people of Sligo” he added.