Denis Naughten has described news that the Westdoc out of hours GP service, based in Roscommon Town, is now covering the Craughwell area of Co. Galway at certain times of the week as “another blow to our local health service”.
“It is just not good enough. We have lost our A&E, we have an ambulance service which is on a knife edge and now since 1st November patients may have to wait for a doctor to come back from treating a patient in Craughwell in County Galway before they can be seen,” stated Denis Naughten.
“Again we find that the promises made to the people of Roscommon when the A&E was closed are now being undermined. First it was the proposed relocation of our ambulance to West Roscommon to provide a part-time service and now the GP covering the mid Roscommon area may have to respond to a call 70-80km away.
“This is just not good enough and I’m calling on the HSE to ensure that the services we were promised when our A&E was closed are retained in full and not watered down.
“The Westdoc service, in the main, has been a success since it was established with the cooperation of GPs in the Roscommon area and we cannot now allow it to be eroded,” concluded Denis Naughten.