Having raised the concerns regarding the imminent GP vacancy in An Cheathru Rua (due to retirement) with the HSE I’ve received the following update –
HSE CHO 2 Statement – Carraroe GP Practice
Interviews to fill the upcoming GP vacancy in Carraroe took place on the 14th of June 2017 and a successful candidate was offered the position. As of this afternoon (25th of July 2017), we received an email from the successful candidate to inform us that they have decided not to take up the post. We are disappointed to receive the news but we wish to reassure patients in the Carraroe we are currently in the process to have the post filled as soon as possible.
Efforts are currently underway to recruit a locum GP to care for patients in the Carraroe area between GP’s resignation and reappointment of a new permanent GP. We have also been in contact with Locum Agencies to see if a locum can be sourced to commence duty on 5th August, 2017. We have also taken measure to have the position re-advertised as soon as possible.
The GPs in the area who work closely with the current GP in Carraroe, and who share the out of hours on call commitment with Carraroe, were asked if they would be in a position to take over the Carraroe panel on a temporary basis but they have indicated to the HSE that they are not in a position to do so due to pressure of work.
Arrangements are being put in place with the GP’s software company to have the current patient files available for the locum GP once they have been sourced. Negotiations are currently taking place with the staff in the practice to establish if they are in a position to remain working with the locum GP if a locum can be sourced.
The recruitment of GPs has become very challenging – not just in Ireland – as demand continues to rise.
The Government has allocated over €3.8 billion in Primary Care for 2017 and the HSE has a Primary Care Plan with measures aiming to improve services across the country.