HSE admit NowDoc will be impacted by “out of hours” review

The HSE has acknowledged that Donegal could lose out in a re-organisation of out of hours GP services, but is stressing that no decisions have been taken.

There are two centres fielding calls in the Western region, one in Galway, the other in Letterkenny. It’s understood the review recommends closing of one of them, and it’s feared the Letterkenny centre could be in the firing line.

The HSE says specific decisions will be taken in the coming months, which will impact on services including NowDoc in Donegal.

Cllr Jimmy Harte, a member of the HSE’s Regional Health Forum says the prospect of job losses is serious, and an added concern is the fact that people could end up answering calls from Donegal without knowing the geography of the county.