The Syrian refugees being accommodated in Ballaghaderreen is putting extra pressure on the local GP surgeries.

That's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy, who says a GP practice in Ballaghaderreen, which is operating at full capacity, cannot take on any more patients under the HSE's Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme.

Deputy Murphy claims the EROC Centre - Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen has added to the GP's workload, and he raised the matter in the Dáil this week with Minister of State for Health Jim Daly.

The Fianna Fail TD said that, when Ballaghaderreen welcomed Syrian refugees, they were told that if extra support was needed in the health or education sectors, it would be forthcoming, but he says this extra support has not been delivered.

Deputy Murphy says GPs in the town cannot cope with the numbers of patients, and there's now a three-day waiting list to see a doctor.


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