There’s been a breakthrough in the long running search for a full time GP service in Rathmore.
A planning application has been granted by Kerry County Council.
Rathmore Social Action Group applied for planning permission for a doctor’s surgery following a request from the Health Service Executive.
The group sought a change of use of part of the day care premises to a surgery for a GP, which has now been granted by the local authority.
Local Fianna Fail Cllr Niall Kelleher says the granting of permission is a positive development for the village and the search for a full-time GP service.
Rathmore has been without this service for 18 months; a doctor does hold a clinic every Thursday in the village.
The HSE says in the long term it is planning to build a Primary Care Centre in Rathmore.
The Health Minister Simon Harris recently told Kerry Independent Deputy Michael Healy-Rae that all efforts have been exhausted to recruit a GP or Locum GP including advertising and contacting doctors abroad.
Some doctors declined an interview as they felt the post is too rural.
The Head of Primary Care in Cork and Kerry along with the Primary Care Transformation Development Officer for the Kerry Area, is due to meet again with the GP next week about the matter.