Senator Aisling Dolan - Strong Voice, New Vision.

Serious concern about future of out-of-hours GP care in East Galway due to difficulty with recruitment and retention – Cllr. Aisling Dolan

February 04, 2020

Serious concern about future of out-of-hours GP care in East Galway due to difficulty with recruitment and retention – Cllr. Aisling Dolan

A long-term sustainable solution is needed to ensure out-of-hours GP care is maintained in to the future in the East Galway area according Fine Gael Roscommon – Galway election candidate, Councillor Aisling Dolan.

 

Currently a group of General Practitioners in Ballinasloe and district operates a Rota to ensure there is GP care overnight when people can be at their most vulnerable. However former President of the Irish Medical Organisation, Ballinasloe-based Dr. Annraoi Finnegan, says recruitment and retention of GPs into the area is proving increasingly difficult, “getting doctors to cover 24-hour shifts is proving difficult. The EU Working Time Directive does not apply to GPs, so we if we work the 24-hour shift, we have to be on duty again the next morning at 9 o’ clock and do another full day of work. It’s a safety issue for GPs and for patients. The solution would be to join Westdoc’s ‘Red Eye’ service.”

 

Westdoc does not currently cover areas such as Ballinasloe, Clontuskert, Kiltormer, Laurencetown and Ballydangan and Taughmacconnell in South Roscommon. The Ballinasloe group of GPs has applied to Westdoc to join its service which would provide sustainable out-of-hours cover into the future and ensure safe working conditions for GPs.

 

“The GP is our first port of call when we’re ill and they are the people who ensure early diagnosis and refer to the next stage, be it for x-rays, scans, bloods in primary care centres/outpatients or if needed, admission to hospital.

 

We have the least amount of cover in East Galway and Roscommon which is having a huge impact on work/life balance for our doctors, who cover huge geographical areas and long shifts. It’s not sustainable. It’s extremely difficult for female doctors with young families to maintain a healthy work/life balance.”

 

Roscommon – Galway is a rural constituency with many older people in our communities who need access to round-the-clock emergency care. The current GPs have been doing a fantastic job but it’s vital that the area is included in the ‘Red Eye’ service by Westdoc. Fine Gael recognises this as an issue and has concluded a new contract with GPs investing 210 million euro in vital services in communities. I will continue to work with GPs to ensure people living in this region have the same access to emergency healthcare that is afforded to other areas around the country,” says Cllr. Aisling Dolan.





Also in Blog

Roscommon- Galway Senator calls for Jobs Taskforce in Ballinasloe ahead of potential job losses at Aptar
Roscommon- Galway Senator calls for Jobs Taskforce in Ballinasloe ahead of potential job losses at Aptar

July 15, 2020

Roscommon-Galway Fine Gael Senator, Aisling Dolan, is calling for the establishment of a Jobs Taskforce for Ballinasloe in light of potential job losses at manufacturing company Aptar. The company has been based at the IDA Business Park in Creagh for the past 20 years and is a major employer for the Ballinasloe and South Roscommon region with a workforce of about 120.

Continue Reading

Strong voice for Roscommon – Galway as Fine Gael Councillor Aisling Dolan appointed as Senator
Strong voice for Roscommon – Galway as Fine Gael Councillor Aisling Dolan appointed as Senator

July 01, 2020

Galway County Councillor, Aisling Dolan, has been appointed as a Senator under the newly formed government with Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party. She is one of the Taoiseach’s nominations for the Upper House of the Oireachtas.

Continue Reading

Former Kilreekil T.D proudly supports Ballinasloe’s bid for a female T.D
Former Kilreekil T.D proudly supports Ballinasloe’s bid for a female T.D

February 06, 2020

An East Galway woman, who was the last female T.D in the Dail from Ballinasloe, says she remembers the tremendous amount of work that was needed in canvassing. Eighty-seven-year-old Brigid Hogan O’ Higgins was elected as a Fine Gael TD for the then Galway-South constituency in 1957. 

Continue Reading