HSE urged to come clean on Donegal NOWDOC service

The HSE is being urged to make a clear statement on the future of the NOW DOC out of hours service.

Oireachtas members have been told at a briefing that it is planned to centralise receptionists in Ballybofey, a proposal which is currently before the Labour Relations Commission.

However, Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn says the main concern is a suggestion that some services will be suspended between Midnight and 8am on week nights.

He says removing the receptionists from the outreach centres means that if there's a call out, the centre cannot operate during that period

Deputy Mac Lochlainn says any other diminution of service would be unthinkable, and the HSE must draw a line in the sand:

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