HSE advertising for GP
BALLYMOTE Councillor Keith Henry has asked the HSE about their plans to recruit an additional GP for the South Sligo town.
Cllr Henry, who is Vice Chairperson of the HSE West Health Forum Committee, raised the matter in a written question at this week’s meeting of the Forum.
He explained that “with the retirement of a local GP in the area there is an increased need for an additional General Medical Services GP in the town to see patients who hold medical and GP visit cards as well as other patients”.
“Within a ten kilometre radius of Ballymote there is a population of almost 6,000 people and one GMS medical practice is not enough to service it. The new state of the art primary care centre already has one practice located it but it can cater for two, and it would be an ideal location for any new appointment” Cllr Henry said.
In the written reply to Councillor Henry’s question the HSE stated “they had advertised on numerous times, for a news GMS GP for Ballymote”. The post has been advertised online and in the national media on three occasions and in the Irish Medical Times.
Cllr Henry said: “I hope that the reduction in doctors opting for General Practice due to workload and work conditions among other factors does not hinder the service to the people of the area.
“We have an excellent Primary Care facility in Ballymote and I intend to keep working with the HSE to ensure it is used to its maximum capability for the benefit of the people in locality”.