Sligo Leitrim TD calls for protection of NoWDoc service

A Sligo Leitrim TD has expressed alarm at potential HSE plans to cut NoWDoc services at Carrick-on-Shannon and move them to Sligo Caredoc.

Among the options explored in a recent HSE consultation document is the suspension of the out-of-hours service in Carrick on Shannon at midnight each night.

This would result in a reduction of cover from 118 hours to 62 hours per week.

There are fears that this proposal would leave rural areas at a serious disadvantage.

Speaking in the Dail, Deputy Marian Harkin warned that this should not become a plan:

Responding Minister Mary Butler says no decision has been made and acknowledged the importance of the out of hours service to the area: