Limerick Shannondoc out-of-hours service to continue

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Limerick Shannondoc out-of-hours service to continue

Fine Gael TD Tom Neville

THE HSE has confirmed that the Shannondoc out-of-hours GP service will continue to operate as normal, despite growing fears in recent months that the operation was going to face closure. 

Fine Gael TD, Tom Neville, issued a statement this week confirming that the “much-needed” service is going to continue.

He said: “It has been confirmed that there has been pressures lately with local GP numbers and staffing. A number of my constituents from Hospital have been in touch with me expressing serious concerns in relation to the Shannondoc service. Concerns had grown locally in relation to the future of the service.

“I immediately made representations to the parliamentary affairs division of the HSE in relation to this matter and I am pleased to be able to state that the HSE has confirmed that the service will continue to operate as heretofore. The HSE has also confirmed that it is Shannondoc's objective to provide the most efficient and effective service to the public within the resources available. The HSE is currently reviewing these proposals with Shannondoc."

According to sources, in April this year, the service in the east Limerick village — which is one of 12 treatment centres located throughout the Mid-West region — was under threat and could have faced closure.

Shannondoc general manager, Michael Finucane, at the time, refused to comment directly on the fears that the service in the village was going to close.

“We are looking at a range of options. I’m not going to comment. The service is completely under review. When there is something definitive to come out, we will brief people on it. I don’t want to be going around scaremongering or doing anything like that,” he was quoted in a Limerick Leader article, published on April 9.