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Permanent GP Must be Immediately Recruited for Glenamoy - Conway-Walsh

23 July, 2015 - by Rose Conway Walsh

A permanent GP must be immediately recruited for Glenamoy according to Mayo Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr. Rose Conway-Walsh.  The huge area covered by the Glenamoy practice which stretches at least fifteen square miles from Belderig to Barnatra cannot be left without a permanent GP Practice.

Cllr. Conway-Walsh said:

“Glenamoy has had a succession of locum doctors over the past couple of years. This is not acceptable on a long-term basis.  Families and individuals need to be seen by the same doctor who has a knowledge of their medical history.  The Rural Practice Allowance must be granted immediately so that the recruitment process can begin.  If the locum were to leave tomorrow morning there would be no GP service in the area.”

“The Glenamoy practice is also a dispensing practice so this makes it even more important to the area.  According to all economic indicators Erris including Kilcommon is one of the most deprived areas in the country.”

“It is incomprehensible that there not Government Policy around the Rural Practice Allowance.  Instead of challenging each and every case for GP recruitment in Rural Ireland there must be a policy that makes it more attractive for GP’s to locate in rural areas.  I and Sinn Féin believe we cannot stand still and watch the dwindling number of GP’s in the West of Ireland without having a policy to address this.  We just can’t continue to walk blindly into a crisis each time a GP retires.”

"The out of hours service for the whole Erris area is affected by not having a permanent GP in Glenamoy. Four doctors are trying to cover an area that, given the size of its population, should have six GPs. 

"This is not acceptable and is putting the lives of people living in Erris of visiting Erris at risk. We need to 'Stand Up for the West' to ensure this situation is not allowed to continue in Erris or any other rural area in the West. 

"Only recently we had to fight over several months for the situation in Bangor Erris to be rectified. We now have a similar fight on our hands for Glenamoy and Kilcommon."ENDS

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