Meeting with Health Minister over future of Milltown’s GP practice

Kerry’s junior minister says he will meet the Minister for Health next week to discuss the lack of a permanent GP for Milltown.

Politicians held a meeting with the HSE yesterday after it was revealed that the mid-Kerry village and surrounding areas would be left without a doctor from the end of next month.

That decision has been postponed for the present.

Junior Minister, Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin says yesterday’s meeting with the HSE in Killarney was very productive and that health service officials said they wanted to work with the community of Milltown to establish if a full-time GP could be recruited.

Minister Griffin, who’s from Keel near Milltown, says this is an ongoing process but that the closure of the area’s GP practice has been postponed, and that no date has been put on any possible closure, while discussions continue.

He says he’ll meet the Minister for Health Simon Harris and junior health minister, Jim Daly next week on the matter.

Fianna Fáil councillor Michael O’Shea who lives in Milltown also attended the meeting.

He says there’s no guarantee of what will happen next but that the HSE, the community and local politicians will work together to secure a new GP.

Cllr O’Shea says the contract for the GP locum in Milltown may be extended until a permanent doctor is found but that there’s no guarantee of a service beyond the middle of January.