HSE says no full-time GP service for Rathmore

The HSE says Rathmore’s GP service is not going to be made full-time.

Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae raised the issue about the three-day service with the Health Minister Simon Harris.

The HSE believes the current service doesn’t seem to be significantly inconveniencing patients.

Rathmore currently has a three-day a week GP service operating from the newly refurbished St Joseph’s Day Care Centre; it used to be a five-day service prior to the local GP retiring in November 2014.

There have been calls for a five-day service to be reinstated, but the HSE says the number of appointments available on the three days has more that met demand.

The health service says it’ll continue to monitor the service in Rathmore and review the level of demand on a continuous basis.

It also says that despite efforts to recruit a locum GP for the village, a successful candidate wasn’t found.

Minister Simon Harris says the HSE hasn’t received any indication that the current GP service is causing any significant inconvenience to patients.

Deputy Michael Healy Rae says he’s disappointed to hear the service won’t be extended at the moment, and says it’s unacceptable people must travel to Millstreet on days a service isn’t available in Rathmore:

The HSE says when the previous GP retired in Rathmore, the Millstreet GP applied for and was selected to provide the service.
Due to difficulties in obtaining an appropriate premises and securing staff, there was a limited GP service in Rathmore for a time.
Since October, there is a GP service three days a week and clinics on these three days are not full, according to the executive.

The HSE says it wishes to stress that efforts are ongoing to ensure a full-time GP service in the area.