first_imgCOMMUNITIES in the west and north of the county fear a trial which does away with NowDoc services will end up with them being left with ‘No Doc’.The HSE trial will see Gaoth Dobhair and Carndonagh serviced from Letterkenny at night and weekends.Community meetings in both areas have heard angry responses from the people who live there. Tonight Donegal TD Pearse Doherty accused the HSE of gambling with people’s lives.In his strongest comments yetm Deputy Doherty said by proceeding with the cut to the Gaoth Dobhair and Carndonagh services, the HSE and NowDoc were taking risks with the lives and health of Donegal people.Deputy Doherty said: “I am again calling for the HSE and NowDoc not to proceed with their planned reduction in services next Tuesday. It is an ill thought out and unsafe plan which could have a devastating impact for people in the areas affected.“Their plan amounts to gambling with people’s lives and health across the County. It’s my understanding that even at this stage the necessary protocols are not in place to reduce the risks to our communities. “Worryingly, documents I have seen show that a HSE assessment of a very similar plan some years ago showed that plan to be unsafe and that it would have led to serious extra pressure being placed on the ambulance services. The projected result was longer waiting times and a neglect of the island communities. Nothing has changed since so that outcome is still the likely one if the cuts go ahead next week.“It is time the HSE and NowDoc stopped gambling with people’s lives and suspended their curtailment of the services.” FEARS GROW AS ‘NO DOC’ REPLACES ‘NOWDOC’ IN RURAL COMMUNITIES was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CaredoccutbacksHSENo DocNowDocPearse Dohertytriallast_img

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