• There was a large turnout to a public meeting held in the Community Centre in Lahardane last night to discuss the need to secure a doctor’s dispensary in the village, to ensure that local people will continue to have access to a local GP.

    The meeting was organised by the newly formed campaign group Ireland’s Future

    Local man Gerry Loftus is a member of Ireland’s Future and he told Midwest News today that  an estimated 400 people were in attendance.

    Lahardane had a doctor’s surgery and a full time GP for many years, but the GP retired last year, the doctor’s surgery is now in private ownership, and while a locum doctor has been providing limited cover on a temporary basis, the community does not feel it is adequate in terms of local demand.

    The group has decided to look at various options in terms of securing a doctor's surgery in the village.

  • The HSE has confirmed to Mayo deputy Dara Calleary that a month extension has been granted for the GP contract in Glenamoy and Bangor

    The deputy Leader of Fianna Fail says the news is welcome but has warned the HSE that any merging of GP surgeries in both areas will only succeed if the nurses and secretaries at the clinics are retained.

    He says, if in government, his party is committed to protecting rural GP practices by increasing their allowance to €30,000 while also implementing the recently agreed changes to the GP contract and include provisions for its continuous assessment and improvement to make the role of a rural GP a more attractive one.

  • The HSE has confirmed to Senator Michelle Mulherin that a full time GP position in Lahardane has been offered to an applicant, and it is now awaiting the successful applicant’s response to the job offer.

    There has been increasing concern in Laherdane over the level of GP cover in the area, and a campaign group has been formed to ensure a full time GP position is restored, following the retirement of the GP last year, and the ending of a locum GP’s contract at the end of this month.

    The community is also keen to find accommodation in the village for a new GP.

    A public meeting was convened in Lahardane on this issue earlier this month, and Fine Gael Senator Mulherin , who was in attendance, told Midwest News last week that clarification on the HSE’s plans for Lahardane were difficult to elicit.

    Today she told Midwest News that she has been speaking to Senior HSE management and has secured what appears to be “possible good news”.