HSE ad­ver­tis­ing for GP

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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”.

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