Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (66)

Eamon Scanlon

Ceist:

66. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health when a permanent general practitioner service for Carrigallen, County Leitrim, will be in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5254/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I have been advised by the HSE that the GP post in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim was offered to the successful candidate and that the candidate has accepted the post. A tentative start date of early May has been agreed.

In line with the HSE protocol for filling such vacancies, the HSE and the candidate must now complete the contractual paperwork, vetting and references. As the candidate is returning from abroad this provides added complexities to progressing these requirements. However at this time the HSE is confident that a permanent GP service will be restored to Carrigallen to fill the current vacancy.

In the meantime, a full time locum GP has been in place in Carrigallen since August 2018 and this arrangement will remain in place until the new GP comes into post.

Questions Nos. 67 and 68 answered with Question No. 50.