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North Wicklow GP out-of-hours ‘unsustainable’ — Harris

Patients in the region, which covers Bray, Greystones and Enniskerry, are not covered by a formal GP co-op, but by a GP deputising service at night and weekends.

Efforts have been ongoing for some time to introduce a structured service and there were hopes that it would be introduced last February by the HSE. It is understood the plan has been put on hold due to budgetary constraints.

Speaking in response to a Parliamentary Question (PQ) from Sinn Féin TD Deputy John Brady, Minister Harris stressed that the HSE remained committed to introducing a GP out-of-hours co-op in the area.

He added that the National HSE GP out-of-hours review  would make recommendations on gaps in services nationally. “This report will make recommendations regarding the future provision of GP out-of-hours services and will have particular relevance to the currents gaps in service, in areas such as North Wicklow.”

A HSE spokesperson last week said the review report is due to be completed at the end of November.

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